Google Snubs D-DAY With Blank Home Page

I'm not sure I expected anything different from the same company who created a doodle for Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American marxist who praised Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.

It's definitely par for the course; having such important holidays like Easter getting the cold shoulder as well.

But just how important is D-DAY, that it should be recognized by a popular culture mechanism with such clout as google doodle?

To understand the importance of D-DAY, we have to imagine what the world would look like if D-DAY never happened.

Let's say for a moment, that 156,000 men didn't storm the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944.

Let's say that the catalyst for the victory on the Western Front never happened, and that the Allied forces didn't flood in from those five beaches to then sweep across Europe.

It can only be speculated of course, but had such an invasion not happened, Germany might not have fallen in May of 1945.

Had 4,414 men not laid down their lives, and over 10,000 more not sacrificed their bodies as casualties in that single day, the course of the free world could very well have taken a dark turn.

Imagine such a thing.

That had those brave men not given everything, that all of Europe might have fallen under the darkness of Fascist rule.

That Hitler might have been successful in the murder of all of the Jewish people under his final solution.

That any person born with a physical or mental disability, the elderly and the weak, would no longer have any right to life, but would be euthanized by the Nazi's under the Tiergartenstraße 4.

That ethnic cleansing would have run rampant, and millions upon millions more would have been slaughtered in the name of some fanatical utopia.

The immense suffering that the war had caused was already unimaginable. It's even harder to imagine what that suffering would have looked like had the war never been brought to an end.

All of humanity would have never experienced such helpless and hopeless a time as what could have been had Hitler been left to run rampant.

Yet one cold spring morning at 0630, members of the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division landed on Utah beach.

Followed by Omaha, Gold, Sword, and Juno, these good men took a stand against the tyrant of their time.

They would not stand idly by while the world spiraled into chaos.

They laid down their lives, and in doing so changed the course of history.

So why is D-DAY so important?

Ronald Reagan said it as best as any could, "Most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives — the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember.”

The anniversary of D-DAY is so important because the only real thing we can do to honour those men, is to remember them.


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