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June 6, 2013

D-Day lessons still strong today

This editorial first appeared two years ago on the 67th anniversary of D-Day. We present it again with minor changes to honor those Americans who fought and died in the Normandy invasion.

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, also known as Operation Overlord.

In the early-morning hours, thousands of Americans and their allies landed upon the shores of Normandy, France, to begin the largest amphibious assault in world history to reclaim France and most of Europe from the Nazi war machine.

With each passing year, we lose more of those heroic men who were willing to give their lives for the cause of freeing their fellow men and women from the Nazis’ grip.

We also lose their stories and experiences to the annals of history, some untold because of their violent and tragic nature.

During the course of the battle June 6, 1944, nearly 2,500 Americans died, according to the U.S. National D-Day Memorial Foundation, plus thousands were wounded, taken as prisoners of war or reported as missing in action.

These do not include those injured — physically and mentally — who continued fighting without seeking medical aid. The American casualties were part of the more than 4,400 from all Allied nations who died that day.

We must do our duty to preserve the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans, not only of this battle, but also of those who fought in all of America’s conflicts.

We must seek out their stories and recollections and capture them, even though it may be difficult to bring to light for those who participated.

D-Day presents an example of military minds from across oceans and continents working together in combat against a mighty foe. Nations, while not always agreeing on political fronts, put aside their differences to join forces against what was perceived as a universal evil in the world.

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