A day that will forever live in infamy. Not December 7th, no, today is an important day. On June 6th, 1944, the combined Allied forces stormed the beach of Normandy, France against the axis powers in a Hail Mary attempt to invade and end the war. There were 5 beaches stormed.
I personally visited these beaches. I saw the aftermath of the vicious battle. Thousands of soldiers stormed that beach. Thousands perished in the very first moments. Countless lives lost in a battle that many knew they weren’t coming back from.
However, Hitler had to be stopped. And a full force invasion came on this day. It is a historical landmark that shifted the momentum of the war.
Each beach is special in its own way. The beach I remember the most was Omaha beach. An American beach. This beach had a significantly large gravesite. A site that would immediately draw tears from your eyes as you witness the thousands of lives that passed on their attempt to claim the beach. The graves go on for hours. All white crosses. Some stars of David. All aligned beautifully and an amazing representation of the sacrifices of the many Troops on that infamous day. They go on for what seems to be days. There was a fog that day so it added to the effect that intensified the sorrow filled feeling.
In recognition of the 74th anniversary of the allied powers largest step to ending the war, Let us recognize those brave men ( and potentially women that snuck in) that fought and died to help save the world.
However, with every great day, there is a dark cloud. For this day, we must remember the fact that despite fighting for the same cause, the US army was still segregated during this time. It wouldn’t be desegregated until 1948 after the Soviet Union pressured President Truman to do so.
A History channel special highlights the tribulations several black soldiers faced during their time serving their country. It is titled
A distant shore African Americans on D Day in 2008
The link is shared here:
Here, there are recollections of several black soldiers and how they were treated during WW2. Some soldiers stated that they were treated more fairly by the British that hosted them before they deployed than their own comrades. Many soldiers couldn’t get onto the frontlines. They were berated and not allowed to eat or socialized with their white counterparts.
It comes to show that even with a common goal racism can still linger in the moment.
As odd as that sounds it’s the sad truth.
Today let’s recognize the brave African American soldiers that are often forgotten during WW2 and D day. Please, watch the documentary. It is an emotional story told by the eyes of those who fought valiantly and were not recognized for their bravery.
Black soldiers fought for a country that wanted nothing to do with them. They fought for the freedom of the world, and are never recognized for it. Today is that day.
Listen to their recollection of the Terrors of Omaha and Utah beach. These are terrifying stories for anyone to tell.
D-day is a day I’ll always recognize in history. And the involvement of these black soldiers solidifies my vision of it.
Thank you for reading.
Remember June 6th is D-Day.