Posted on 06.07.2019

D-Day in Retrospect

Yesterday as I listened to excerpts from President Trump’s speech, when he addressed the World War II veterans who had stormed the beaches of Normandy in the face incessant machine gun fire and artillery barrages that colored miles of surf with their blood, as he singled out individuals, who - now in their nineties - had returned to the scene of the bloodiest day of WWII to pay respect to their fallen brothers and renew acquaintances with the few who had survived the seven decades since “The Longest Day," I found my eyes becoming misty and my thoughts returning to that day, June 6, 1944, when the Methodist Church in Valdosta, Georgia was packed to the rafters with Americans of every stripe, who had come to beseech Almighty God on behalf of the brave men fighting and dying on a beachhead thousands of miles away.

They were called the Greatest Generation and I truly believe that a greater generation of Americans never lived.

These brave ones knew what they were going into, they knew as they boarded the landing craft that many of their comrades who rode shoulder to shoulder would not live through the day, and the chances were that they would not live through the day either.

Yet on they came, wave after wave, wading ashore into an unceasing hail of bullets, fighting their way inland, inch by murderous inch, facing sudden death every step of the way.

D-Day and the preceding battle would be the costliest campaign in WWII. Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This included over 209,000 Allied casualties, with nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces and a further 16,714 deaths amongst the Allied air forces.

There were over 10,000 allied casualties on D-Day alone, Making it the bloodiest day of the whole war.

When you look at these men, now wizened with age, wearing bits of uniforms and medals, walking on canes, being moved in wheelchairs, it’s hard to equate them with the teenagers who waded through waist-deep surf pulling their wounded brothers along with them, knowing that even after making it to the beach, there would be many miles of heavy Nazi resistance that blocked the way to their ultimate goal, Berlin and the total destruction of Hitler, his war machine and every evil thing he stood for.

Many of the aged heroes who attended the ceremony in Normandy know this will be their last trip, that they’ll never again walk the sandy beaches and remember that morning when they were the focal point of American hope, American prayer, American victory.

When they were the point of the spear, the vanguard of freedom, knowing that America and the world depended on them, that the outcome of the war against fascism and dictatorship was on their shoulders, that they had been tasked with taking a beachhead that was the gateway to victory and that failure was not acceptable.

I wonder what went through the minds of these men as they walked through the gravestones at Flanders Field, as they wandered along the beach remembering the location where a buddy had fallen, as they looked at the cliffs where Nazi artillery emplacements thundered, as they remember breaking through enemy lines and realizing that they had been successful and they had the Nazis on the run.

I have no way and no words to adequately express the gratitude I feel for these men, because I remember the casualty reports, the newsreels, the pictures in newspapers and magazines, the horror of war in stark black and white that made a lifelong impression on me and seeded an everlasting patriotism and a sense of the price these men paid for my freedom.

So, on this D-Day Weekend, it is with humility, unceasing gratitude, respect and admiration that I salute the men and women of the United States military, past, present and future.

And thank Almighty God that there are American patriots who hear and answer the call to serve and defend this most blessed of Nations.

I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands
One Nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels

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Comments

None Greater
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie, I concur sir, what these Patriots did is still unbelievable and without question sir, sacrifices were made that will never be fully known but definitely appreciated by the Make America Great people. I salute all past present and future members of the US Military, the greatest force ever to be reckoned with, except Almighty God ....nuff said God Bless Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
D-Day
Charlie, I turned 69 on 6-6. Never before have I had the degree of recognition of the sacrifice our troops made so many years ago. I'm a USN vet. I will never not honor our military active duty, reserve or veterans. The men and women that participated in the effort against Hitler were indeed the greatest generation. I will be forever thankful and respectful. Thank you, Charlie, for your honest wisdom and love of our troops, but most of all, your love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Posted by Owen
What they listened to.
Highly Recommended: https://www.amazon.com/World-War-II-Songs-Time/dp/B0002JP2RK
Posted by Allan
D-Day
They truly were.
Posted by Matthew
Thank you...
Thank you Mr Daniels for all you do. Grace and Peace
Posted by Geoffrey
Huge Thank you to a great patriot
I met Mr. Daniels at the Washington Mo fair over 20 years ago. I was a Deputy on security detail. This man wearing a wife beater shirt (ha ha) cut off jean shorts cowboy boots. I didn't recognize him cause I was walking around the rv and buses parked on site I just broke up a fight between a couple of good ole boys just trying to have fun. Mr Daniels Thanked me for doing my job and he asked me how the crowd was and I thanked him for his support. He walked away and my Corporal walked up to me and asked me what Charlie Daniels was saying to me and I smacked my head like a Homer Simpson head smack. I really wish I could have Thanked this man for inspiring me to play guitar. He's a man who cares for our Military men and women and First Responders. For me this why I served in the U.S. Marine Corp and served as Law Enforcement Officer to protect great people like Charlie Daniels. Maybe one day I could shake his hand and personally Thank him. He's my Hero.
Posted by Matt