Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget The True Meaning of Memorial Day

By Lori D.

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God of our fathers, known of old,

Lord of our far-flung battle line,

Beneath whose awful hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

– Rudyard Kipling —“Recessional”

 

Another Memorial Day has come and gone …

Many Americans have become so oblivious through the years that “The True Meaning of Memorial Day” (TMOMD) has been seemingly forgotten.  This fog of forgetfulness is understandable, really.  Blissful confusion has slowly settled in over the years, which has resulted in misguided attitudes towards Memorial Day.  These erroneous mindsets have now become a sadly entrenched habit.

But there are dangers when we fail to remember.

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D-Day 1944

by Lori D.
We have heard so much about D-Day through the years, but what is D-Day?

Service members use “D-Day” and “H-Hour” to describe the day and time that a military operation will take place.  These terms are utilized to indicate the day and hour of an event when the exact time is undetermined or secret.  This specific time is the same for every unit who will be taking part in the attack, so that remote forces can synchronize their efforts.

The best-known D-Day in history took place on 6 June 1944 during WWII.  This is when our American/Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. These proposed beach landings were codenamed Operation Neptune. Operation Neptune was part of the larger planned occupation of the continent called Operation Overlord, which culminated in the later emancipation of a large majority of Western Europe from Germany’s Nazi forces).  Thanks to the heroes of the D-Day invasion, only a few months later, a large part of northern France was also freed from German control. Continue reading