Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Historic Division

As I reported in my last entry, Christina and I will be moving to Fort Campbell, KY at the end of August.  For those of you unfamiliar with Fort Campbell it is home to the 101st Airborne Division known as the "screaming eagles."  It is a division with a rich history of valor and bravery.  If you saw the HBO series "Band of Brothers" (which follows Easy Company of the 101st Airborne through WWII) you would be familiar with some of their work.  

Since today is the anniversary of D-Day, I feel a special amount of excitement and pride in having the chance to serve these fine soldiers and their families.  At the risk of being overly simplistic let me give a brief history lesson.  

Most people have heard of D-Day but fewer know about H-Hour.  H-Hour was the hour that the Airborne soldiers where to launch their assault.  The 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 6th Airborne Division jumped behind enemy lines a few hours before the D-Day invasion was scheduled to begin.  The 101st jumped and began carrying out 
their various missions.  These men displayed true courage jumping into areas (in the middle of the night!) where they would be completely surrounded by German forces.  They helped prepare for the beach landings at
 Normandy and stop the Germans from being able to reenforce the beaches after the landings.  

As you relax this weekend, take a second to remember D-Day and the bravery of the soldiers who took part in this effort to defeat
 the Nazis.  Many of them made the ultimate sacrifice so you and I could live free.  Remember them and live a life worthy of their sacrifice. 

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