D-Day plus 68

It’s the anniversary of D-Day. Sixty-eight years ago, 78,000 Americans were among those who hit the beaches in Europe.

It won’t be long before there’s no one left to tell the story firsthand. But today is not that day.

  • Jim Shapiro

    For several reasons, I never saw Band of Brothers.

    But for an accurate depiction of the landing, the first 15 minutes ( it seemed like hours) of Saving Private Ryan is perhaps the best representation of combat ever done on film.

    I’ve been to wars. But I still had to remember to breath, and pry my fingers from the armrests in the theater. And I wept uncontrollably in the end.

    Emotional support phone line for veterans were tripled when the film was released, and they were still overwhelmed.

    If only we could teach kids considering going into the military today that real war ain’t no video game.

  • Bob Collins

    // Emotional support phone line for veterans were tripled when the film was released, and they were still overwhelmed.

    Remember when PBS had to clear the showing of the movie with the FCC because of the language in the film?

    That’s a whole ‘nother topic.

  • Chuck

    I remember in 2003 I was at the VFW in St. Louis Park and I randomly met a D-Day vet who drove a Higgins landing craft on Omaha Beach…He lost his craft on the way in and made it up the beach to the somewhat protective cover of the shelf. To hear the story and words come from the source like that was unbelievable. I’ve met a lot of famous people in life, but I was awed and honored to shake hands with that old soldier and that piece of history.