June 6, 2010 “D-Day + 66 years”
June 6, 2010 “D-Day + 66 Years”
June 6, 1944 (D-Day) marked the beginning of the operation, code named, “OVERLORD”…the invasion at Normandy, France for the liberation of Europe. Countless books, movies, and documentaries have been produced over the years to study and recount the events of D-Day. It is not my intention to try to add to, or improve upon any of them in this little blog. My purpose today is simply to remind my readers to remember D-Day, June 6, 1944, one of the most important dates in the history of the modern world, on this June 6, 2010.
A good way to remember D-Day and all the brave men who laid their lives on the line on that day is to make a visit to Bedford, Virginia U.S.A, and the National D-Day Memorial. Bedford is a quaint town nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The population of Bedford, all told, was about 3200 souls when the sun rose on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 at around 5:12AM, and the folks just rising there to meet the day had no idea that their little town was, at that moment, taking a special, though sad, place in the history of the United States in World War II. At 7:42PM, when the sun set beyond the purple mountain ridges to the west of town, Bedford, Virginia had lost 19 of its young sons on the sands of the beaches at Normandy, giving the little hamlet the distinction of having the greatest per capita losses of any town in the United States on D-Day.
For 66 years Bedford, Virginia, a little town you may have never heard of, has held this sad, but proud honor. In this authors opinion, Bedford is a place that should be remembered this D-Day, June 6, 2010.
The photos here are a few that I made when I visited the National D-Day Memorial a few years ago…they do not do it any kind of justice, but maybe you’ll see something that makes you want to visit.