As a child of the 60s and 70s, it is hard for me to comprehend that D-Day occurred 71 years ago today. My father and the fathers of many of my school mates had served in WWII. The war was not some distant memory.
I came across Gen. Eisenhower’s handwritten speech to be used if the Normandy invasion failed. What struck me about it is how he was willing to take the blame if the invasion failed. By contrast, I think about modern day politicians at the highest levels and see how few of them are really willing to take the blame. “Under the bus” seems to be their motto.
If you have trouble reading cursive, you can read the message here along with a story about its background.
The Christian Science Monitor has a 25 question quiz about the D-Day invasion. It isn’t easy.