THE LONGEST DAY: 72 YEARS AFTER

There are not many of them left with us from that “Great Generation” but we will forever be grateful to all of them for saving our generation. Each year I honor them and try to picture what it was like to be in that Expedition Force that landed in Normandy, France in the early morning of                                            6 June 1944.

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                                                                                                                                                    Omaha was the most heavily defended beach. It was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division. They faced the German 352nd Infantry Division rather than the expected single regiment. Strong currents forced many landing craft east of their intended position or caused them to be delayed. For fear of hitting the landing craft, American bombers delayed releasing their loads and, as a result, most of the beach obstacles at Omaha remained undamaged when the men came ashore. Many of the landing craft ran aground on sandbars and the men had to wade 50-125 yards in water up to their necks while under fire to get to the beach. In spite of the rough seas, DD tanks of two companies from the 741st Tank Battalion were dropped 5,000 yards (4,600 m) from shore, and 27 of the 32 flooded and sank, with the loss of 33 crew. Some tanks, disabled on the beach, continued to provide covering fire until their ammunition ran out or they were swamped by the rising tide. Casualties were around 2,000, as the men were subjected to fire from the cliffs above.

D DAY 6-6-44 DEBARQUEMENT

Problems clearing the beach of obstructions led to the beachmaster calling a halt to further landings of vehicles at 08:30. A group of destroyers arrived around this time to provide fire support so landings could resume. By late morning barely 600 men had reached the higher ground. By noon, as the artillery fire took its toll and the Germans started to run out of ammunition, the Americans were able to clear some lanes on the beaches.  The tenuous beachhead was expanded over the following days, and the D-Day objectives for Omaha were accomplished by D+3 (June 9, 1944).

At the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, adjacent to Omaha Beach, there are 9387 of those brave young patriots resting side by side.
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 With great respect,
~Charles

 

LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE

11-8-11 LIBERTY

Five live web-cams were installed on Ms. Liberty in 2011 as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty,. You can watch, in real time, a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. 

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.

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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning from Europe to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.

On Monday May 30th, 2016 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

Memorial Day occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and  Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH A WEB CAM FROM N.Y.

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In 2011, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

I wish I could have been there:  When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.

https://adental.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/11-8-11-liberty-b.jpg

The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning from Europe to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.

On Monday May 25th, 2015 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

Memorial Day occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union andConfederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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Here’s the National Memorial Day parade on Capitol Hill Mall https://adental.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/5-23-12-mem-day-parade.jpg

CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY! Live web-cams- NYC

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CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY

Live web-cams from the Statue of Liberty

On October 28th, 2011, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

At 8:45 a.m. there was a Naturalization Ceremony, which honored the millions of U.S. immigrants who were first welcomed to America by Lady Liberty.

Click on any of these five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night.

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay.  Look and listen!!

I wish I could have been there. When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.
The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The powerful scene is emblazoned in my memory.
On Tuesday, 11/11/14 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
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CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY! Live web-cams- NYC

11-8-11 LIBERTY

On October 28th, 2011, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

I wish I could have been there:  When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.

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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning from Europe to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.

On Monday May 27th, 2013 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
 

Memorial Day occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/www.inphinity.us/images/animation/eagle_flag_wave_md_clr.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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Here’s the National Memorial Day parade on Capitol Hill Mall – Monday May 27th, 2013
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Why is the poppy known as the flower for Veterans Day?

The use of the poppy as a symbol on Veterans Day is derived from its symbolism in the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilt in the war.
The reason for the Poppy is that it is a plant which thrives on disturbed ground. The seeds, which are produced by the millions in the seed heads, lie dormant until the soil is broken up. The shelling in the trenches was perfect for the poppy, which grew in their millions when nothing else did. The poems came later, the poppies came from the activity and the blasting of the ground.
The enduring tradition began in WWI when John McCrae wrote this famous poem:

In Flanders Fields
“In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.”
John McCrae 1915

Moina Michael, an American woman adopted the custom of wearing a red poppy in memory of the sacrifices of war and also as a symbol of keeping the faith.

A French woman, Madam Guerin, visiting the United States, learned of the custom and took it one step further. When she returned to France she decided to hand make the red poppies and sell them to raise money for the benefit of the orphaned and destitute women and children in war torn areas of France. This tradition spread to Canada, the United States and Australia and is still followed today.

CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY!

Live web-cams from the Statue of Liberty

On October 28th, 2011, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

At 8:45 a.m. there was a Naturalization Ceremony, which honored the millions of U.S. immigrants who were first welcomed to America by Lady Liberty.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

I wish I could have been there. When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.
 
The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.
On Sunday, 11/11/12 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

CELEBRATE VETERANS’ DAY WITH LADY LIBERTY!

 

Live web-cams for the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty

 

On October 28th, as a part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

At 8:45 a.m. there was a Naturalization Ceremony, which honored the millions of U.S. immigrants who were first welcomed to America by Lady Liberty.

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:

http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/statueofliberty/

I wish I could have been there. When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.
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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.
 
On Friday 11/11/11 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.
 
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