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Old Jun 4th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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Lest we forget

June 6th is the 65th anniversary of the initial landing on D-Day. While it marked the liberation of Europe, it also marks a day when a great many soldiers from various countries "gave their last full measure of devotion" to the cause of freedom.

Just wanted to take a moment to make note of their sacrifice. Lest we forget.

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Listening this evening to the local CBC Radio and two vets who landed at Juno Beach on June 6th, 1944. They are both Canadians now living in NL, and they were with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division and the 2nd Armoured Brigade. How anyone made it ashore is beyond me listening to their accounts. Amazing.

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I guess everyone has forgotten...
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Thank you for the reminder Dr. G. After a day of petty frustrations (e.g. the line at Country Style was long), it was good to remember some real suffering and sacrifice.
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I guess everyone has forgotten...
We shall see.

Lincoln said it best -- "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
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"... it was good to remember some real suffering and sacrifice. " Very true, Puccasaurus.
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D-Day: The allied invasion of Normandy

A good website from CBC News to provide some background from a Canadian perspective to what happened on this date 65 years ago.

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My Uncle Len was a member of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion...he missed D-Day because he was in the hospital for injuries sustained in a training exercise...but he quickly got back in action and survived to tell many amazing tales.
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"Prime Minister Stephen Harper paid tribute Saturday to Canadian soldiers who landed at Juno Beach in northern France 65 years ago and helped Allied forces liberate Nazi-occupied Europe.

The soldiers who stormed the beach in the face of enemy fire took on "the most dangerous task imaginable," the prime minister said during an event in Caen, France.

They changed the course of history and "gave us the foundations of the peaceful and prosperous society we have today," Harper said.

"We should always remember that, acknowledge that and be prepared ourselves to defend those things and those values in the future." "

PM honours troops for D-Day invasion
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