Sixty-four years ago today the allied forces landed in Normandy. As Radio Free Europe played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Operation Overlord had begun. In the largest single-day invasion of all time, over 130,000 troops landed and 46,000 died on the beaches of France that day to liberate Europe and end Nazi occupation.
Minnesota is literally the Land of Lakes and that’s where we spend most of our FREE time in the summer. Take a moment this week to remember the sacrifices of those incredible men, what they were doing, what they were fighting against and the freedom we enjoy today because of them.
Oh yeah, this is the paddle boat rental on Lake Calhoun. A very pleasant place to spend the summer, it’s not France, but it’s peaceful and only two blocks from my house.