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Thursday, June 06, 2013
JUNE 6, 1944
Saving Private Ryan - Omaha Beach
None of us can really imagine the horror of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Almost six thousand men died securing the beachhead over the first four days. But by the end of that first day- often called by historians "the day of days" 34,000 Americans led by General Omar Bradley had landed.
There would be no turning back. Fortress Europe was breached. The Americans had landed to free a continent.
We'd done it once before. Now we were back. Ten months later the war in Europe would be over. But between June 1944 and April 1945 there would be many bloody battles, including the Ardennes Forest on Christmas 1944 when paratroopers of the 101st Airborne, most without winter clothing, marched toward the German army while regular GIs fled in panic.
There's one simple reason why we can practice law, defend our clients, go to Heat games, worship with the religion of our choice, live our lives as we chose, raise our families as we see fit:
Because a generation of Americans- hundreds of thousands of them, many of them boys off farms from small towns, answered the call. Remember them today as they rest at Normandy.
There are 124,905 americans buried in American burial grounds in foreign lands. There's no other country in the world that can come close to matching that total of sacrifice. You can find a name here.
And don't forget to say thank you.
We're back. See you in court.