The Longest Day - June 6, 1944  

Nightguy_1961 56M
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6/6/2006 3:20 am

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The Longest Day - June 6, 1944

So many people are getting so hung up on the fact that today is 6/6/06, they've seem to have forgotten the significance of June 6th.

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On this day some 62 years ago, the Allies launched the largest amphibious operation in history in the effort to crack Hitler's Fortress Europa. Though the term "D-Day" is a standard military term to designate "Departure Day", June 6th, 1944, will always be remembered as D-Day in the history books. Almost 3 million troops crossed the English Channel to storm the beaches of Normandy, France. Many didn't make it off that beach that morning, but those that did started the downfall of the Nazi empire...the so-called 1000-year Reich.

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There have been several great films about the Normandy invasion (Saving Pvt. Ryan is the most outstanding), but there is one movie that was a good representation of the events of that historic day. The film is known as The Longest Day...one of those films with every major star of the sixties, playing roles showing both sides of the battle.

The reason I mention this film is the theme is one that sticks in your mind when you hear it. It is whistled towards the end of the movie, but then you hear the words and you remember...

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Why is that theme so important to mention? Two years ago, at the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, dignitaries from around the world were gathered to pay tribute to the events of that day so long ago. As the military honor guards marched in, the anthems for the different nations were played, and the crowd showed proper, but subdued, respect.

Then...the whistling theme began. And over the hill, marching just a little bit slower, came the surviving veterans of that day. No longer young men, their hair white...some in wheelchairs been pushed by other, more able veterans, these old soldiers from the UK, US, France, and all the other Allied nations of that conflict marched in.

I remember several things from watching those old warriors march in: President Bush, rising to his feet with tears in his eyes, giving them a salute...some of the French people, who were children in '44, crying in remembrance of that day and cheering the old vets as they marched in...and the honor guards of every damn nation there, rendering honors.

They didn't go for glory, nor medals, nor fame. They just went to do a job and go home.

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Many men came here as soldiers
Many men will pass this way
Many men will count the hours
As they live the longest day

Many men are tired and weary
Many men are here to stay
Many men won't see the sunset
When it ends the longest day

The longest day the longest day
This will be the longest day
Filled with hopes and filled with fears
Filled with blood and sweat and tears

Many men the mighty thousands
Many men to victory
Marching on right into battle
In the longest day in history
- The Longest Day Paul Anka

For my two uncles who went ashore that day...and for the father-in-law I never met, who patched up those boys who fell in France...and all the other boys of that summer so long ago...thank you.

©NG61 2006


alphuctup 41M

6/6/2006 3:43 am

Great point! We have so much to thank them for.


curious082385 32F
4925 posts
6/6/2006 3:45 am

Thank you for posting this.
My Grandpa was on those beaches. I cried while I watched that memorial. We lost him to cancer and he wasn't able to be there.


libgemOH 57M/53F

6/6/2006 3:46 am

I had the honor of meeting several WWII veterans a couple years ago when I came up to DC for the run to the wall the year they dedicated the WWI memorial. All I know is it is a day I will never forget!! Thanks L for keeping their memory alive!! -B


GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
6/6/2006 3:57 am


thank you for this....




digdug41 50M

6/6/2006 5:41 am

good post ng

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HBowt2 60F

6/6/2006 6:08 am

It was a war they had to fight....and they fought it well....if they hadn't i'd probably be speaking german or japanese right now.....


rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
6/6/2006 6:38 am

Thanks for the info. I am not worried that it is 6/6/06

Purry {=}

Purry


rm_shannee2006 53F
3355 posts
6/6/2006 6:46 am

Thank you so much for taking the focus off that stupid superstition. And thank you for putting the focus on something that's deserving of the attention and which inspires gratitude and reverence.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....

S


wickedeasy 68F  
30939 posts
6/6/2006 6:52 am

to the boys of summer - with gratitude and deep appreciation

i cannot imagine doing this - sighs - and i do love my country

bless them all

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
6/6/2006 8:51 am

This gave me chills. Thank you for this post. Very important - very nice!

Whisper...


pragmaticCTcpl 62M/51F

6/6/2006 9:06 am

Thanks for reminding us all..!! {=}


MaggiesWishes 61F

6/6/2006 9:36 am

I have seen the results of those days ... men that didn't make it back, but only in body. My time at the VA Hospital was very enlightening with those men. I'm grateful to the many that gave life, to keep free the lives of the future. Bless ya, Dark One, for the wonderful tribute.

On another note... why am I thinking it's "Temptation Tuesday" ???
Oh, cause I didn't look at the date! Ooops

warm huggies 2ya & the Lady


rm_Bladesong 41F
476 posts
6/6/2006 10:31 am

I have known a few who served in World War 2. Thank you for posting this. Blessed be to all of our soldiers who protect us!

~It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved!

Be Good to those around you!

Blade


MamChelle 49F
1443 posts
6/6/2006 11:36 am

My Papaw was there...and i well remember..i cried that day too...TY NG. c


Shameless_Biotch 49F

6/6/2006 1:11 pm

Thank you for bringing a beautiful tear to my eye.......I had some Muses on Memorial Day, on my blog, and it is about my gradfather, whom I never had the honor of meeting because he gave allfor our family, our country, and our way of life in the jungles of the Phillipines, in 1945, the other side of the war from Normandy...
I came by to read up on some BDSM blogs, you were highly recommended! and here I find a touching tribute!
Thanks again, youtouched my heart

Shameless


peaches19555 62M

6/6/2006 1:18 pm

A wonderful tribute, thank you nightguy. Many may feel they died for our freedoms and that the truest freedom is obligated to know one. Your words should strike fear into that way of thinking.


MOfunNOWWOW 56F

6/6/2006 1:42 pm

The best of the best on the 06/06/06 posts! Thanks for sharing! Have you ever checked out Before YOU GO...the tribute? Kisses and nibbles {=}


MOMO
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OboesHonedIambs 63F

6/6/2006 2:44 pm

What a great post! We owe so much to those men and the women behind the lines!

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LustyTaurus 49M
21253 posts
6/6/2006 7:49 pm

I'm glad you posted this NG...it's been on my mind also. I had relatives participate in that raid and some didn't make it. Thanks for the post.


angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
6/6/2006 9:06 pm

Thank you Nightguy! I was upset that even the news media gave more time to the superstitions rather than remembering what's really important!


rm_Twister2bed 48M
617 posts
6/6/2006 9:42 pm

That thought didn't pass me by. Great post NG.


NGs_lady 65F
762 posts
6/6/2006 10:30 pm

Thank you for remembering my dad, and yes, you would have gotten along great with him. To tell the truth, getting the two of you off of the water and making you put down the fishing rods would have been a tough job.

Thank you for all the people that have lost someone as my husband & I have.

Love, hugs, and respect.

NGs_lady/Lady Stee


wildoats19622 55M
3530 posts
6/6/2006 10:53 pm

If Dec 7,is a day of infamy, June 6 should be a famous day. Thanks for pointing out something other than superstition. There are real things to be thankful for.

Veterans day is November 11 because of the armistice of WWI, June 6 was the turning point of WWII.
Wild

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Mermaidslut 51F

6/7/2006 12:46 am

nice


papyrina 52F
21133 posts
6/7/2006 6:44 am

least we forget,


I'm a

and
i'm here to stay


rm_Kissmystuff 62F
1435 posts
6/7/2006 8:17 am

Your post brings tears to my eyes. Seems we forget the important things sometimes. The fact that it was 6/6/06 meant just another day to me..until I read this. Thanks.

Kiss

Kiss


ButteryDelight 59F

6/7/2006 9:06 am

June 6th ranks right up there with December 7th 1941. They both could be called "A date which will live in infamy". A wonderful tribute to those men, Nightguy,Sir.


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