D Day

June 6th, 2010

In honor of the American soldiers whose bravery rescued a continent from tyranny (and not the pretend Teabagger version) 66 years ago today.


Jumping out of landing crafts as machine guns fired–

Would you or I have had what was required?


What did it take to make your way up that beach,

Hoping the other side to reach,

Trying to find a place to break through?

I don’t think I could have done it. Could you?


Impossible, but they did it anyway.

And that’s why this is their day.

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Here are scenes from two great movies on the subject, The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan. The The Longest Day scene is the Utah Beach landing; Henry Fonda plays Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr., President Teddy Roosevelt’s son, who fought in both world wars and won the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D Day. The Saving Private Ryan scene is from Omaha Beach, and is one of the longest continuous action scenes in film history, which adds to its impact.

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