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06-06-2007, 08:57 AM
In remembrance to the thousands who died during the D-Day invasion 63 year ago today.

Thank you.


Omaha Beach, Normandy coast. First wave of American troops landing on D-Day.

06-06-2007, 10:34 AM
In remembrance to the thousands who died during the D-Day invasion 63 year ago today.

Thank you.


Omaha Beach, Normandy coast. First wave of American troops landing on D-Day.

You can say that again.

06-06-2007, 10:46 AM
Good thread 83

and amen to the big thankyou that all them boys deserve

Livinginthe past
06-06-2007, 11:09 AM
Nice thread and 100% agreed.

Those that put their lives on the line should always be remembered.

tony hipchest
06-06-2007, 11:09 AM
wow, it totally slipped my mind that today was d-day. today after work i will have to watch atleast the 1st part of Saving Private Ryan so i can reflect and really feel it.

"Earn this" - Captain John H. Miller

may we all "earn" what they sacrificed for.

06-06-2007, 11:19 AM
by Peter Thomas Pvt. 1st Infantry Division
(author participated in the D-Day invasion)

When we went in the Beach had been taken
The living fought on -- the dead forsaken
We were dropped into water up to our shoulders
We waded in -- a group of green soldiers
Onto that thin strip of beach
So many had tried to reach
They were the ones who went in first
Among the machine gun fire and shell burst

They went to watery graves
Sinking under the waves
The water was red
Red from the dead
Red from the dying
In agony crying
Those who made the land
Were not able to stand
They fell on the sand

Writhing in pain
Screaming for help in vain
Every advantage was on the hill
They murdered our men at will
We kept coming in from the sea
Wave after wave as far as you could see

Sheer courage and determination won
Not believing they were done
Dictated the victory that day
Others in the future will say
When they stand on that mighty height and say "I dont get it"
And look down on that beach "I don't see how they did it"

They fought for every inch, fought for it all
Up the sides of that fortified wall
Over the tops of those cliffs so tall
from the air, sea and on the land
they bravely died upon that sand

Beneath stars of david and white crosses
We buried our losses
Still there for us to see
Those who died so we could be free .
We can never forget but humbly beseech
Dear God bless the men who died on Omaha Beach

06-06-2007, 11:33 AM


06-06-2007, 12:19 PM
Awesome poem.

God bless those serving today.

God bless the souls of those who sacrificed their lives so that I may live freely.

Atlanta Dan
06-06-2007, 04:15 PM
God bless all who have served and families who have suffered a loss of those who have stood in harm's way for our benefit.

06-06-2007, 07:11 PM
3 years ago one of the tour guides from the D-Day Museum visited my Kiwanis club and talked about D-Day. He was a landing craft pilot for the invasion. Great storyteller.

Unfortunately, given his age I can't be sure he's still alive, and given certain events in August 2005 I can't be sure he's still in New Orleans.

06-06-2007, 07:51 PM
We'll never forget the greatest generation.


06-07-2007, 03:19 PM
Thank you all and may God Bless you and our great country!


06-07-2007, 08:56 PM
I'm sorry I missed this. It's incomprehensible to imagine the World without D-Day, and I still am in awe that so many would sacrifice so much for people and Countries that were not their own.

I've always felt that "In Flanders Field" was the most powerful memorial poem.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

—By John McCrae

06-08-2007, 08:57 AM
God Bless those guys, they went through Hell!

06-27-2007, 05:29 PM
It's about time Pittsburgh.......

WWII memorial OK'ed with conditions
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

By Timothy McNulty, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A long-delayed World War II memorial proposed for the North Shore won preliminary approval from the city's Art Commission today, though its future remains hazy.

The commission approved placing the memorial, which has been in the works since 2001, on the "Great Lawn" of the North Shore riverfront park, in between Heinz Field and the Del Monte building. But it attached a raft of conditions on the approval, including moving it into a mass of trees on the north edge of the lawn, changes to its design and a request that supporters look for alternate sites.

The current design by Washington D.C. artist Larry Kirkland is for a circle of 10 steel and glass spires, each 36 feet tall, placed on a large granite plate. Supporters hoped to place it in the northeast corner of the Great Lawn, near the Del Monte building.

The Riverlife Task Force, along with the Heinz Endowments, today objected to placing the memorial there, saying it would ruin longstanding plans for the lawn to be a recreational space. The endowments issued $5 million to help renovate the lawn during the stadium construction drive.

Partially due to such concerns, the Art Commission pushed off a vote on the memorial last month. It granted tentative approval today only after the city-county Sports & Exhibiton Authority issued its own preliminary approval, including calls for the memorial to be pushed back into trees lining North Shore Drive.

The Ravenstahl administration supports placing the memorial in that same space. Councilman William Peduto, who chairs City Council's art committee, said he would help memorial advocates find a new site if they wished.