American Elephants

On D-Day, a Note from a Friend. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2009, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, United Kingdom

From Argghhh!!!, a message that Combined Joint Task Force Division Headquarters in Afghanistan received this morning:

“To Combined Joint Task Force 82,

65 years ago, at 2h30 (French Local time), you jumped from hundreds of DAKOTAS in the dark skies over Normandie in order to liberate France and Europe.

That D-Day, you wrote the most glorious page of your history and the name of your Division is forever famous in France.

That D-Day, you and the allied forces met their rendezvous with destiny.

6 June 2009, Afghanistan; we are still brothers in arms.

We will never forget what you did on D-Day.

In the name of all the French soldiers embedded with CJTF-82, thank you for what you have done.

Today, in celebration of those events 65 years ago, we are “All Americans.”


Ltc Pierre V.
French LNO

D-Day, June 6, 1944. A Day of Remembrance. by The Elephant's Child
June 6, 2009, 4:11 pm
Filed under: Freedom, History, Military

One of the great speeches.  The text is available here, if you want to keep it for your children or grandchildren to read.

Last year we posted the story of the D-Day Re-enactors, French, British and Belgian who celebrate the invasion of Europe each year.  It was a story I had never heard before, and I found it very moving.

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