A long time has passed since the allied invasion of Europe during World War II. Most of us know that it occurred under marginal weather conditions on June 6, 1944. This important historical event has been hallowed and remembered every year since that date, and it has always had a prominent place on the evening news and in television programming on its anniversary date here in the United States. For the first time in my 60 years of memory, I did not hear even so much as a casual mention of it on the famous day in 2013.
Enormous blood sacrifices were made on that day, and some of the highest prices were paid by American paratroopers and British airborne forces whose job it was to land under cover of darkness the night before to secure key bridges, sabotage German communication lines, and disrupt transportation systems. Others may have forgotten this year, but the Archaeology in Tennessee blog is not going to let 2013 pass without remembering the sacrifices of the American, British, and Canadian forces (and others) on this day. If they had failed on that day, it is an excellent bet that many of you who are reading this would have never been born, and those of you that would have been born would be members of the Deutsches Ahnenerbe – Studiengesellschaft für Geistesurgeschichte instead of the Society for American Archaeology or your local archaeological society.
Please watch the following short video clip where Tom Selleck is playing the role of General Dwight D. Eisenhower—and remember: