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On Saturday night I watched an episode of Globe Trekker that took the viewer to many of the WW II sites in Europe where significant battles and events took place.  Anzio; Auschwitz; Berlin; France’s Compiègne Forest; Crete; Dresden; Dunkirk; the Normandy beaches; and Nuremberg.  It was interesting as well as educational.  And timely, because today is the anniversary of “Operation Overlord,” the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe that began on D-Day — June 6, 1944 — on the beaches of Normandy, France.

I’m reminded of the lyrics to a song written and sung by the Rivoli Revue:

“Some gave all, they paid the price. For freedoms here, they sacrificed. They gave their lives for you and me. Their graves remind us, freedom’s not free.”

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The Bedford Boys’ Ultimate Sacrifice on D-Day

Nineteen boys from one small American town — Bedford, Virginia — died in the first minutes of D-Day. In the new book “The Bedford Boys,” Alex Kershaw tells the story that inspired the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

Read Chapter 11, “Dog Beach”, from the book “The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice” by Alex Kershaw (Da Capo Press, 2004).

Now listen to a REAL president:

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