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D-Day: 60 Years Later

Quotes relating to D-Day's 60th anniversary:

 "People of Western Europe: A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations' plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies ... I call upon all who love freedom to stand with us. Keep your faith s...taunch. Our arms are resolute. Together we shall achieve victory."
- broadcast by Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 6, 1944.

"What a plan! This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever taken place."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressing House of Commons, June 6, 1944.

"We shot at everything that moved. The beach was soon covered with the bodies of American soldiers."
- German soldier Franz Gockel, writing to his family on June 10, 1944, about the landings on Omaha Beach four days earlier.

"There was another guy beside me and we were the first two off that boat. I went immediately into the water. It was shallow enough that I was able to get up. There was nothing. No bodies - because we were the bodies."
- Michael Accordino, who landed in the first wave on Omaha with Company A of U.S. Army's 299th Engineer Combat Battalion.

"I climbed to the top of a pear tree and said to my parents, 'Look, the cathedral is starting to burn!"'
- Jacques Guillemine, recalling the Allied bombing of Lisieux, Normandy, on June 6-7, 1944.

"The skin tore off, like an overripe peach."
- Georges Pennec, who recovered rotting bodies from Lisieux's ruins.

"The joy of liberation was extraordinary."
- Lucy David-Pellerin, aged 17 when Allied troops reached Lisieux in late August 1944.

"I often hear the phrase, 'When the Americans liberated us,' in conversation. No. The Americans were with the British, the Canadians, during the landings and it was, after all, Britain that suffered the crux of the struggle for several years."
- Louis Mexandeau, a former war veterans minister on how some overlook the contribution made by other Allied nations.

"Normandy is marked by the landings. It is inscribed in people's hearts, in memories, in stone, in rebuilding, in memorial plaques, in street names, everywhere."
- the Rev. Rene-Denis Lemaigre, priest of Lisieux.

May God have Mercy on all, both friend and foe, of those horrific years. A time so few are alive to remember with even fewer keeping the memory alive.

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