A Day at the Beach

“With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago on D-Day, the assault that portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.” D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen.

+ Some remarkable photos of D-Day from Buzzfeed, the NYT, and the Boston Globe.

+ “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.” Dwight Eisenhower wrote a letter accepting blame for d-day’s failure, just in case.

+ “The forecast was so bad that the German commander in Normandy, Erwin Rommel, felt so sure there wouldn’t be an invasion he went home to give his wife a pair of shoes for her 50th birthday. He was in Germany when the news came of the invasion.” Ten things you might not know about D-Day. plus, 13 memorable facts about D-Day.

+ What a shame that survivors of D-Day, now in their twilight, have to suffer a President Donald Trump. And what a horror that so many people in America and Europe have forgotten what it looks like when authoritarianism rears its ugly head. Roger Cohen in the NYT: The Donald Thinks D-Day Is About Him. And from WaPo: On D-Day anniversary, ‘America First’ doesn’t sit well on the beaches of Normandy. “These beaches teach us the steep toll of isolation and America First — and should be perennial reminders that we cannot escape history.”

+ We can’t escape the present either: Trump slams US veteran Mueller in D-Day interview at Normandy cemetery.

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