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D-Day: 75 Years On

75 years ago today, the Allied Forces landed on the coast of France and took on the Nazis at the Battle of Normandy.  Thanks to the brave soldiers who risked and lost their lives (and the incredible Operation Overlord), the Allies were able to crack Nazi Germany’s Western Front and begin the ending of the war.


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Today is a day to celebrate such an incredible victory, mourn the loss of those who sacrificed so much, and to reflect on the history and impact of World War II.  On a personal level, my own grandfather and great uncle fought in the war (in the Pacific Theater).  While both of them passed away before I was born, their legacy lives on from hearing their stories over the years to my own dear brother’s name.  Both of my parents were also born during WWII, creating a tangible connection to the period.

Growing up with this legacy (and the weight of the Cold War) perhaps makes this reflection seem more imperative.  I ask that we all take a moment today to reflect on the history of WWII and why we have very serious cause for concern now.  Let’s not allow the last 75 years to be viewed as another “interwar” period like we view the 1920s and ’30s.  We are in real danger of repeating a history that some of us saw play out the first time around.  Not good.


But I don’t want this whole post to be concern for the future.  Let’s spend some time with the music the GIs would have enjoyed (dancing optional!). 🙂

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters.  Who can resist bopping along to this tribute to the young man from Company B?

I’ll Be Seeing You by Jo Stafford.  Mom used to sing this, somewhat randomly, as was her way.  Miss you mom!

In The Mood by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  This was one of the first big band songs that I knew by name.  Thanks Dad!

Begin the Beguine by Artie Shaw (Cole Porter cover).  Mom would say “Begin the Beguine” all the time and frankly thought she was making it up for several decades.  And then I realized she wasn’t…

Sentimental Journey by Doris Day with the Les Brown Band.  Simply a classic.  We just lost Doris a few weeks ago.  May she rest in peace!

We’ll Meet Again by Vera Lynn.  I think we’ve all felt this way when saying goodbye!

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller.  Who doesn’t want to grab their sweetheart and slow dance the night away when they hear this?  For the record, my cat is not as affected as I am and also does not care for dancing…

Thank you for taking a few minutes to look back at D-Day, WWII, and the amazing music of the period!