Friday, June 5, 2009

The Longest Day of Destiny

"Beyond that peaceful horizon... a monster waits. A coiled spring of men, ships, and planes... straining to be released against us. But, gentlemen, not a single Allied soldier shall reach the shore. Whenever and wherever this invasion may come, gentlemen... I shall destroy the enemy there, at the water's edge. Believe me, gentlemen, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive. For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

65 years.

Seems like an eternity in a world rapidly moving from one tweet to the next.

65 years ago today, 25,000 Canadian forces were making final preparations for a date with destiny.

65 years ago, these Canucks were packing gear, whispering prayers and steeling nerves, getting ready for the greatest seaborne invasion of all time.

They were part of an Allied contingent of over 100,000 otherwise ordinary men; wondering how long it would be, on this extraordinarily longest day, until they finally made it through.

"The men of Normandy had faith that what they were doing was right, faith that they fought for all humanity, faith that a just God would grant them mercy on this beachhead or on the next. It was the deep knowledge--and pray God we have not lost it--that there is a profound, moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest"
RONALD REAGAN, June 6, 1984

1 comment:

Ian Varty said...

A great lesson on the human brand. Thanks Gair.