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The country remains largely politically divided, a fact that is evident from the comments posted on social media. However, Sunday took some time so as not to degrade the people on the other side, instead honoring the sacrifices made 77 years ago when approximately 156,000 American, British and Canadian troops on five beaches along an 80-mile stretch Section of the heavily fortified coast of France landed in the Normandy region.
“D-Day” was the largest amphibious military attack in history and opened a second front that ultimately led to the defeat and fall of Nazi Germany. More than 5,000 ships and landing craft were used to transport troops and supplies, while around 11,000 aircraft were mobilized to secure and support the airborne invasion.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander in Chief, famously said to the troops who wanted to participate: “You are about to embark on the Great Crusade which we have been working towards for many months. The world’s eyes are on you. “
This weekend, the eyes of the world were once again on these young men, and the exploits of the Greatest Generation for their role in Operation Overlord were praised and honored on social media platforms.
The posts actually began on Saturday night, with many highlighting the Allied air landings in the late hours of June 5, 1944.
Throughout Saturday evening and well into Sunday morning, Military History Now (@MilHistNow) was one of the channels that published live tweets from #DDay on the anniversary of the landing, including the now infamous quote from German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, “For the Allies” . like Germany it will be the longest day. “
The world remembers the longest day
Even at a time when history is sometimes viewed with contempt, the hashtags #DDay, #Normandy, #HistoryMatters, #LongestDay and #GreatestGeneration started trending on Sunday.
Author Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) shared a photo of Eisenhower chatting with members of the 101st Airborne Division, voicing the somber thoughts: “Knowing how many of them are likely to be in the D-Day invasion of tomorrow, 1944 General Eisenhower says goodbye to American paratroopers. “
@URDailyHistory also marked the day, “June 6, 1944: At 6:30 am, U.S. forces land on #Omaha Beach in #Normandy, France, during the Allied D-Day invasion of Western Europe. #WWII # WW2 #history # HistoryMatters #DDay #ad https://amzn.to/2XzeoUY “
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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) (@RepLizCheney) was one of the few US politicians who took the time to celebrate the day, writing, “77 years later we are honoring the heroes of D-Day who attended the Beaches of Normandy are landed to fight for freedom. May we never forget their courage and valor in the face of evil. “
Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisana) shared a similar sentiment on Facebook: “77 years later, we remember the Allied landings on D-Day and the brave souls who stormed the beaches of Normandy in the name of freedom. We honor sacrifice and cherish our freedom. “
Several news outlets and users shared photos and video clips to mark the anniversary, keeping the memory of the greatest generation alive almost eight decades later.
Around the world, many social media users also took the time to remind themselves why the landings are to be remembered. The UK Defense Journal (@UKDefJournal) was among those who found it wasn’t just another day at the beach for the thousands of men who died on Jan.
“77 years ago today, over 156,000 Allied soldiers undertook the largest sea invasion in history to begin the liberation of continental Europe, known as D-Day.”
The official account for The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) also marked the occasion on social media on Sunday: “#OnThisDay In 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy, known as D-Day, took place. Seventy-five years later, in 2019, Majesty The Queen spoke of “the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who have lost their lives” during the campaign that led to the Allied victory.
Perhaps the author Matthew Dowd (@Mattewjdowd) best explained the significance of this day, and he wrote: “Today is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. As protectors of democracy, we pushed back against autocracy, although the risk was great and terrible losses threatened. ” Let’s honor the legacy of our predecessors and protect democracy today and do what we can to help. “