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June 6, 1944: D-Day; 70 Years Ago Today

It’s not my generation. My generation was the Falkland Islands.

OK, I’m kidding.

But seriously, World War II was my grandparents’ war. All four of mine have passed, but they were the fighters and the workers. They rationed and saved. And when WWII ended, they had babies: My parents.

From Vietnam to Iraq to Afghanistan to the issues of the day, without D-Day in 1944, we might not enjoy the freedoms and advantages we do today.

Here is the AP story about that day in Normandy, France. “AP WAS THERE, 1944: ALLIES WIN FOOTHOLDS IN FRANCE”

The Associated Press had some two dozen writers and photographers among the Allied forces as they landed on Normandy’s coast on June 6, 1944. From Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s London headquarters, Wes Gallagher — who later went on to become AP’s top executive — wrote up the first Allied official dispatches announcing D-Day and sent them in the sealed pouch to AP’s London office by military courier, after the military censor authorized their release. They arrived at 9:32 a.m. and were sent to the rest of the world by teletype one minute later.”

Think how different the war would have been if it was fought today: 70 years ago.

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