It was the beginning of the end for the tausendjähriges Reich, and good damn riddance. This photograph from Life Magazine is justly famous: that's what Our Boys had to wade through, on their way to the fight. What wasn't shown to the folks Back Home is what it looked like from the other side.
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My God, how could they possibly have done this?
I almost made the first sea wall
When my friends turned and saw me fall ...
What they did was was simply impossible. They did it anyway. They still do.
Sweet Mother Mary, we're so tired ...
If you're reading this, say a prayer for those who did the impossible, and who sacrificed everything these seventy years ago. Pinch yourself. That pain you feel is what they would have felt if their last sacrifice had been but a pinch.
Just remember thisThe entire core of my being wants to believe this. It may even be true. So let it be written, so let it be done.
I'm in a better place.
Where Soldiers rest in peace
and Angels sing Amazing Grace.
Remember: when Heaven needed 6000 heroes as a down payment, they knew who to call. They knew who would pick up the phone when it rang. They still do. The Longest Day seems not to end.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceatis eis. Amen. After all these years, amen.