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The Day of Days and its Modern Implications

D Day is one of the most important days in military history. The Allies, led by General Eisenhower, had been preparing for the largest naval flotilla to launch the most ambitious amphibious landing for an assault on the peninsula of Normandy. The attack began the day before when the Airborne Divisions landed at night behind enemy lines. Their objective: to prevent Field Marshall Rommel from pushing our forces into the sea with heavy artillery and panzer tanks, which would have led to an unprecedented number of casualties, a military defeat that could have permanently damaged our ability to create a western front, and the possibility that—with no western front to contend with—Hitler would shift his forces to the eastern front to achieve Total Victory and a diabolical new world order.

Eisenhower was aware of his role in the history of civilization. The pressure must have been intense and the fear of failure ever present. The men that participated in this battle surely knew the stakes were high.

They achieved almost every military object in 48 hours. Their victory and sacrifice will never be forgotten. The band of brothers from The United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, Free France will be eternally honored on the 6th of June. They saved human civilization. That their heroic sacrifice was motivated by their desire to save humanity from the evils of fascism is something so apropos to present day Western politics. Therefore, D Day—the day of days—is all the more important to remember right now. Remember why those men stormed those beaches, parachuted behind enemy lines, climbed cliffs that threatened the landing zones with heavy artillery. They were fighting for the survival of the liberal democratic republican principles born out of the Enlightenment and the painful birth of a new nation based on these Enlightenment principles: The United States of America.

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