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Published: Friday, June 6 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, June 7 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I know it's useless to hope... but I hope this doesn't become political, with people insisting their side likes the troops and the other doesn't. Or only their side serves in the military or supports the military.

The military is one thing that should not be partisan-ised.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

"Everything that has built the United States into the world’s leading economy and military over the last 70 years; everything that has fueled progress from the landings on the moon to the smartphones in our pockets; everything that gives us the peace of daily routines hinged on their sacrifice that day." Yes that is true. I have just lost a dear friend who was in that conflict. Fortunately he is featured in the KUED productions so I can see him again at least. I am awed by his courage, as are you.

After this commemoration is over maybe we can examine that period from a geopolitical perspective, as my friend wanted. Could the United States have defeated the Nazis without the Russians soaking them up on the eastern front? I don't think so. Soviet industrialization in large part saved the west. Was the Cold War necessary? I don't think so. We know Russia began changing after Stalin's death, which change accelerated the more distant his death became. Yet in the west we viewed the USSR as static. What would life post WWII been like without the Cold War? This is something to contemplate.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

2 Bits.... amen to what you said. Those who served, sacrificed, and died for this country represents a broad spectrum of the diversity that makes up this nation. Never should their sacrifices be cheapened to petty partisan attacks.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

While I know it is fictionalized account of the Normandy invasion, I believe that everyone should see "Saving Private Ryan." No movie I have ever seen has shown the sacrifice that these men made. Some where there out of duty, others out of a sense of patriotism. The fear they must have felt seems palpable in "Saving Private Ryan." To quote Captain Miller "Earn this..."

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@CHS 85,

Re: "I believe that everyone should see "Saving Private Ryan"...

I agree. The beach scenes in that movie are very realistic and sobering. But probably the reason it got an 'R' rating.

Everyone should still see it... It honors their bravery, and takes the glamour out of the usual Hollywood version of War.

When all is said and done... It's still about trying to keep as many of your side alive, and kill as many on their side as you can. Pretty brutal when you get down to it.

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Marxist, could the Soviets have defeated the Nazis without the US and the UK destroying the German industrial base via strategic bombing? I doubt it. It was the US and UK strategic bombing that destroyed Germany's means to carry on the war. The UK and US Naval Blockade also did much to cripple Germany's capacity to fight. It was also the US and UK provided much of the military hardware to the Soviets initially (lend lease). I do not mean to diminish the Soviet Union's sacrifice (20 million plus dead)/contribution to victory, but I think to say that the Soviets saved the West is a bit much. As to if the United States could have defeated Germany on its own (without the loss of so many German Soldiers on the Eastern Front), yes, as Berlin, Munich and the like would have been the recipient of the Atom Bomb before Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Soldiers from many countries contributed to the victory, let's just view it as an Allied Victory and not Big Note one above the other.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Good people give good gifts. The ultimate gift is your presents. You become immortal by how long your presents is appreciated after you've left. The difference between mortals and immortals is reason, The reason is, is because You mater. You mater That's the Spirit of things.
I'm grateful to every one who server in the military. It doesn't matter if your alive or dead. My friends will always be in my heart or in my head.

The Wraith
Kaysville, UT

@2bits

Sadly I already see a lot of that in politics lately and all both sides are guilty. Any bill that comes up in congress dealing with the troops usually devolves into an argument over which side loves the troops more. I agree though, this is something that should be above that kind of garbage.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Re: Rock of the Marne "...could the Soviets have defeated the Nazis without the US and the UK destroying the German industrial base via strategic bombing? " No clearly.

And I certainly don't mean any disrespect for the masterful planning leading to D Day. It was a tremendous gamble and the guts it took to pull it off amazes me. The greatest generation? Indeed.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Citizens from many countries were willing to pay the ultimate price to stop Hitler. Many millions paid that price. We should reverence all of them. We enjoy freedoms because others gave their lives. The only question that we need answer is whether we are willing to "pay it foreword". I hope we would be willing.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The only question that we need answer is whether we are willing to "pay it foreword". I hope we would be willing.
2:38 p.m. June 7, 2014

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"pay it forward"?

Some of you who never even served,
are now refusing to even "pay it backward"!

As a veteran,
Nothing makes me more angry with some Americans --
Is for those who were selfish enough to choose NOT to serve [which is bad enough],
but
then also refuse to pay for those the others who did it for them!

Jack
Aurora, CO

@LDS Liberal,
Not everyone can volunteer. Not everyone is qualified, and the statutory limit on military end strength is also a factor. So since everyone can't do it, those of us who did and those who still do defend the freedoms we all enjoy, not just for those who served. It is precisely the responsibility to pay it forward, to preserve our freedoms by not surrendering them for imaginary expediency, thinking that we no longer need this one or that we can get along without that one for a time, that must be our goal. Our country and the freedoms we have were bought with our best blood, not just in the Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars, but every time we have to let loose those terrible dogs of war. Even the ones that aren't popular were because of freedom; not land or oil or treasure. I think I know where you stand on those, but when I packed my bags and boarded the plane, it was to defend freedom. It is now for the younger generation to pay forward....

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