Gelzon de la Cruz

This Day

In History, Updates on June 6, 2014 at 8:59 am

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In their thousands they went. 156,000 fighting men. Men from the US, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Men in exile from occupied France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland. Each man a son, many a father, every one a friend.

Together they found courage, some comfort, a reason to stand up and go forward. Together they walked into the soul-killing slaughter, into the crosshairs of enemies out to mutilate them, to make them call out for their mothers, for their lovers, into the fields of fire of creatures who wanted them dead dead dead.

They went to restore an entire continent, restore it to its nations, that’s what the world knew, what will always be remembered. But the world wasn’t there, there they saw only monsters, and each other. For when they fought on the beach or in the hedges or in the flooded fields, when they won there, when they died there, they did it for each other. Each man a son, many a father, every damned one, a brother.

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