SEVENTY-TWO YEARS AGO . . . on this day – June 6, 1944 – incredibly BRAVE MEN stormed the Beaches of Normandy. And amongst those HEROES who ran headfirst into a wall of HELL-FIRE from Nazi Germans – were Americans, Canadians and Brits.
No one had to tell these WARRIORS from three English Countries what their DUTY was to fight for FREEDOM, GOD and COUNTRY, against Tyrants and Savages, who were desecrating the meaning of Judeo/Christian VALUES and the very essence of Humanity, to do what had to be done in nations where English, and Anglo cultures didn’t exist.
AND WHILE THESE ANGLO HEROES were knee-deep in the COLD Waters of the English Channel, hoping that none of the millions of bullets which whizzed by their heads . . . would find their mark, as the HEROES trudged forward, laden with gear from the Blood Stained Waters of the Sea, to the Mined and Barbed-Wired Dirt of the Land, where Burnt-Out Tanks, Armored Troop-Carriers, and the Bodies of FELLOW Warriors littered the French Soil . . . they knew what had to be done.
On August 19, 1942 . . . 5,000 Canadian Heroes, and 1,000 Brits Stormed the Beaches of Dieppe, where under the despicable Leadership of the British Chief of Combined Operations . . . Lord Louis Mountbatten, most of the Canadian Warriors were either killed or captured.
And while the Americans, Canadians and British Warriors were storming the Battle Hardened Beaches of Normandy, my DAD, amongst a full contingent of American, Canadian, British and Jewish Brigade Warriors, in July of 1942, 10-months before D-Day, were already fighting their way against crack Nazi Troops across Sicily, under the Leadership and Command of General George S Patton.
MY DAD . . . was honored many times for Bravery Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. He was awarded the Bronze Lion by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands for the role he played in Liberating Holland. He was wounded at Monte Casino by a shot of Shrapnel to his head, and after literally being patched-up at a field hospital, instead of going to the infirmary; he headed back to the battle.
At my DAD’S Funeral, where there was Standing Room Only in the Great Hall of the Funeral Parlor in Montreal, the Rabbi read from a Canadian History Book (Invictus), written on World War II, which published several stories about my DAD.
During the Battle of the Bulge, my dad was written up and awarded more acclaim, for SINGLE-HANDEDLY STORMING A NAZI PILL BOX, armed ONLY with his Bren Gun in one hand, and a Grenade in the other, taking out the PILL BOX, while saving the lives of countless Allied Soldiers as a result.
Other incidents written in this History Book, told the tales of my DAD, choosing to go on Night Patrols by himself, deep inside enemy lines, when he would return with more than a dozen Nazi Prisoners he alone captured.
I never knew much about what my DAD did during the “WAR”, because he never talked about his exploits, and only about the camaraderie of his fellow HEROES. But like MILLIONS of others . . . HE DID IT ALL, and in using a sport’s term – HE LEFT IT ALL ON THE FIELD.
I think about the GREATEST GENERATION, and compare it from then until now, and all I can do is barely keep from weeping.
In less than 7-Decades, we’ve gone from HEROES to WIMPS . . . From Men who were proud to be MEN, to Men who can’t identify themselves as such anymore in this insanely Politically Correct World. And from Women who wanted to be WOMEN, to women who have no idea what and who they want to be today.
We’ve gone from WINNERS who gave everything they had . . . to PUSSIES who need safe spaces to keep from getting their feelings hurt.
We’ve gone from standing-up for RIGHTS & FREEDOMS, to standing for everyone’s RIGHT to attack and insult our Rights, our Judeo/Christian Beliefs, our FREEDOM of Expression and the INTEGRITY OF OUR FLAGS.
From the days of real Heroism and Sacrifice, we’ve become TWO Nations (the USA and Canada) of TAKERS, where we allow the Politicians to LIE, CHEAT and BUY OUR VOTES with our own money. Where the Legal System is nothing but a MONEY MACHINE for the Lawyers and Judges, where Television has become a source of Debauchery, and COMMON DECENCY has become UNCOMMON INDEED.
We have fallen to the level where we are no longer a MERITOCRACY, where just showing-up is sufficient. And we are training our children that everyone else’s VALUES supersede their own.
And instead of the Government working for the people . . . the people now must work for the Government.
Is this why my DAD BLED AT MONTE CASINO . . . but fought-on nonetheless?
Is this why more than half a Contingent of 5,000 Canadian HEROES either died or were captured at Dieppe? Is this why HEROES from America, Canada and England risked it all on June 6, 1944, to rid the World of the EVILS of Nazism, so our current generation could spit in the face of our HEROES?
God Bless The Brave Men Who Stormed The Beaches.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov