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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

June 6th 1944

With all that is going on in the world today, I think it's important to never forget one of the most important days in our history, one that epitomizes the sacrifices many made in the name of freedom.
Among those landing at Normandy beach was my father, Army Master Sargent Paul Punturieri who enlisted shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He made it back home in 1946. Many thousands did not.
He passed away in 2000 and today it is estimated that less than 500 veterans of D-Day are still alive.


Fred Van Magness said...

My dad landed on Omaha Beach on the second wave as a medic. Served in the Navy on the LST 291. Your picture reminded me of the landing craft that were used from LST's. Have seen war pictures of his ship off of Omaha Beach. Made 8 crossings of the English Channel with wounded. Took him a long time to get over the horror's of the day, He died in 2007 at 91 years of age. Indeed, those who fought in WWII were part of the greatest generation and we can never forget their sacrifices. Next year will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

David Chase said...

I have traveled to Normandy France on June 6th.
Walked/visited all 4 landing areas.
The beach at low tide is a LONG way from water to edge of land.
All of the people of France in this area were exceptionally friendly.
Locals would come up to us and say Thank You. They could tell we were Americans by our accents/speech.
The whole area is full of reenactors. WWII military vehicles. People dressed in era uniforms. American WWII jeeps buzzing along local roads.
The Churchill Hotel in downtown Bayeux France is booked solid every June 6 by an American group. We stayed at Hotel Le Bayeux - a smaller older hotel within short walk to downtown.

The Church in downtown Sainte-Mere-Eglise still has a paratrooper hanging onto roof by parachute. No, it's not Pvt. John Steele nor is it Red Buttons (the actor). There is a neat museum in this town with one of the gliders used in the air landings. Also vintage American tanks and military vehicles.

Every American who has the means should make this visit on June 6 if ever possible. Well worth it.

Visited the US grave with 10,000 US gravestones (the one used in scenes from movie Saving Private Ryan). Take some time to view the names and such. And many have the name UNKNOWN on stone. And yes the stones have either a cross or a star.

Few/some/many view Memorial Day and Veterans Day as another day for a cookout. Let's never forget the real reason for these holidays.

Let us never forget those veterans that gave the ultimate sacrifice and those veterans living today. May God Bless them all.