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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Jun 5, 2010

This Sunday marks the 66th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, or D-Day.

The greatest amphibious invasion in history landed at places like Omaha, Sword, and Juno beaches, releasing terrified soldiers from landing craft onto the beaches under withering German fire. It was the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. Soon after their landing, Paris would be liberated and the Allies would be headed for the heart of Germany.

Today, those same beaches are peaceful. However, the thousands of Americans forever interred on French soil pays testament to the sacrifices our country made to save Europe and stop the continued genocide.

Hitler and his henchmen murdered six million of the nine million Jews living in Europe. Had D-Day not happened, he would have killed all of them. In addition, Hitler targeted gypsies, homosexuals and whoever else got in the way of his goal of world domination.

It was those soldiers who stepped on those beaches 66 years ago who stopped Hitler. Of those who remain with us today, many live in retirement homes. They still remember, though, the sacrifices of those who quite literally helped to save the world – and never returned.

We all need to view D-Day not as some abstract date in history. Rather, we need to honor it as that date when the tide of the war turned in Europe.

If you know someone who took part in the D-Day invasion, talk to him about it. If he doesn’t want to talk, thank him for his service and tell him how heroic it really was. And if you know someone who served somewhere else in World War II, thank that person as well.

We can never, never forget their sacrifices nor can we forget the role these brave men played in making our world what it is today. They indeed deserve that high place of honor in history. But even better, let them know now that you recognize their service for what it really was – one of the most heroic acts in history.