It is hard to believe that 70 years has passed since the Allies scored a decisive defeat on the shores of Normandy against Hitler and the other powers on June 6, 1944. Fake diversions were made to mislead the Germans to believe the Allies would strike in other locations. So the real thanks for the Victory goes to skilled weathermen, brave Allied soldiers and a German military with its own blend of misjudgment and overconfidence.

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I salute all World War II veterans and those in essential industries, such as my late father who was building warplanes and bombers. Nearly all my uncles served in the armed forces, and even my mother and some aunts worked in the factories as needed support personnel. Their tireless efforts allow us to celebrate D-Day some 70 years later.

Now, the phrase "D-Day" has entered our culture as a phrase to denote any day of importance. But no date in modern history has been more important based off decision-making as was the real D-Day on June 6, 1944.

James A. Marples