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Remembering D-Day

D-DAY  -  JUNE 6, 1944 : « Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you… I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothin less than full Victory! » Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dday1Such were the words of General Eisenhower as the troops headed off for the greatest amphibian landing ever. FUSAC remembers their sacrifice today on the 69th anniversary. Thank you veterans. This year we commemorate with the chance to win a CD « Les Plus Belles Chansons des Chemins de la Liberté » by Jean Goujon.

Oeuvre du poète Jean Goujon composée de poèmes et chansons sur la Seconde Guerre Mondiale et le Débarquement. La période tragique et intense de 1939/1945 revisitée de manière originale par le regard profondément humaniste d’un artiste. Des thèmes généraux : la chanson « Les Chemins de la Liberté » qui a donné son nom au titre générique, « Lettre d’un Para » ou « Tous ensemble : L’hymne à la Paix », à l’hommage aux victimes civiles à travers des titres comme « l’exode », « les camps » et « Oradour sur Glane »…

To win a copy of the CD send an email to submissions@fusac.org with the answer to the question: What is the name of the parachutist who is still represented as hanging from the belltower of Sainte Mère Eglise?

Remember Omaha
They disembarked under hail of shot,
Spewing up all – one knew not what -
Facing those cliffs, with gunfire ablase.
Waves bore broken bodies along
The length of that encrimsoned strand,
Where Death was given so free a hand.
Remember Omaha
by Jean Goujon

For fuThe-Gunsrther details about D-Day we highly recommend the hot off the presses book The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson. A very readable account of D-Day by a historian including vast details and overviews.

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