Last Thursday was a date that all free people on this earth should always remember. That was the day of days when the Allied Forces during WWII launched their attack on the Fortress of Europe against the Nazis and Germany. WWII had been going for many years, but the tide had turned for the Allies. Germany had been kicked out of Africa, was being run out of Italy and was being bombed daily and nightly by the Americans, British, Canadians, Polish, French, Norwegians....
On this day that should be remembered always as "The Longest Day," 156,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, France, Norway and other Allied nations launched THE attack on Normandy. The Americans attacked a 50-mile stretch of beach with five beaches (Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword), with Omaha the one that cost the United States the most casualties. An astounding 6,000 ships were used, 50,000 vehicles, 11,000 planes, with 12,004 killed, wounded, missing or captured. Of that total, 8,230 were U.S. forces, 2,700 United Kingdom, and Canada 1,074. They were met by 20,000 paratroopers who landed first to stop the Germans from reinforcing those on the coast and they achieved their goal.
By June 11, 1944, 326,000 allied troops crossed the Channel with 100,000 tons of equipment. In 2018, there were only 496,777 veterans of WWII and it is estimated that at least 300 are passing away each day.
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower said these words, "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 hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well- equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."
Just think of the leaders we had back then. They did all they could for the freedom of this country. They weren't playing impeachment games. They didn't try and get illegals across our borders to vote for them. They knew we were in a fight for our lives and, for the most part, worked together. You didn't see members of Congress serving a few years and emerging as millionaires with cushy lobbying jobs. This nation pulled together. Yes, there were many Republicans who were against Franklin D. Roosevelt, but they didn't play childish games like many do now.
That was a time when we had the greatest citizens.
Don't forget that date. It only took about a year for those troops to march across France and Belgium, smash into Germany, and win the war.
Remember "The Longest Day." When you go to a cemetery, check out the flag-adorned graves. There are some great stories there.
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Summer is here and our country's 243rd birthday will be on the 4th of July. Be proud!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
Last night's Council meeting was a total disgrace. It is time the Council stops embracing excuses and starts embracing solutions. The Council chambers were packed with residents. The stench in the air was unbearable. I had to leave for it made me sick to my stomach.
Even the most simplistic solutions brought controversy. Randy Semo from Good Ol' Days had difficulty getting the Clerk to turn the light on. It seems like we have visited this issue before when Orlyn Kringstad requested a light for the Marjo Motel. Might I suggest that Motel 6 always leaves the light on for ya. What's the big deal? You got to be kidding.
Lamppa Manufacturing cannot accomplish their goals. I find the Council's meetings to be fascinating, with highly illogical resolutions, but entertaining for those that enjoy total chaos in their lives. They are so unfortunate; however, they are not at fault. They seem to have been born that way. In other words, they do not have the capacity to be honest. The City Clerk and her ally need to be put on administrative leave until the Saint Louis County completes its investigation. This would minimize damages going forward.
I forewarned everyone about the crime scene at City Hall. But I truly underestimated the severity of it all. And I did tell my supporters no matter who got elected for Mayor, the residents of Tower would get "what they deserve." I think we deserve better.