Monday, June 06, 2005

Remembering D-Day

Today is the 61st anniversary of the launch of Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy. It is hard to overstate the importance of D-Day in the history of the 20th Century. The successful introduction of Anglo-American forces on the continent of Europe was vital not only in defeating the Third Reich, it also ensured that at least part of Europe would remain free of Stalinist domination after the war ended. By allowing the creation of a prosperous, democratic western Europe that stood in direct opposition to what lay on the other side of the Iron Curtain, the victory in Normandy made possible the ultimate defeat of Soviet Communism in 1989-91.

For more information, see the following two excellent resources on D-Day:

Encyclopedia Britannica

PBS American Experience

The success of Operation Overlord was truly a victory for freedom. At a time when America and its allies are sadly once again at war with totalitarian barbarism, let us stop and think of the brave Americans, British, Canadians, French, and numerous others who through their courage and sacrifice 61 years ago helped secure the freedom we enjoy today.


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