70 Years Ago...

Friday, June 6, 2014

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It is amazing to think of how much history was made on one day by so many young men willing to risk their lives for the freedom of others. A few years ago I ran across a statement then-General Dwight Eisenhower (Commander of the Allied Forces) drafted the night before D-Day took place. If there ever was an example of pure leadership and character, this is it. To be humble enough to allow the thought of failure to enter his mind is incredible ... but to take full responsibility for it is mind-blowing.

Here is the handwritten statement:

The statement reads:

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory
foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and 
place was based upon the best information available.
The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty
could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.

Two great pieces on D-Day are below - I hope you find a few minutes to read them!

"Eisenhower's 'Soul-Racking' D-Day Decision" - Val Lauder (on CNN.com) 
70 Years Later D-Day Veteran Jumps Again - Jim Bitterman (on CNN.com)

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