This June 6th marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy invasion. While not the largest amphibious invasion in history, it is perhaps the most significant. Europe was pinned beneath the boot of National Socialism, a godless gnostic sect that swept God from public life. The Normandy invasion spelled the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.
The scope of all that happened on D-Day is hard to fathom. Its success is a testimony to the order that once existed in America and her Western allies. On that day full of unknowns, some 160,000 soldiers landed on the beaches comprising a battle area of 12,000 square miles. Seven thousand naval vessels were involved and 11,000 planes and gliders. All of this was coordinated without the use of computers!
Multiple paratroop drops and glider landings behind enemy lines were deployed to confuse the enemy. The main body of troops landed on five well-defended beaches under intense, withering fire without cover or possibility of retreat. Large aerial and naval bombardments battered enemy defenses. The effort also involved coordination with French resistance fighters who damaged and destroyed German transportation and communications behind the lines. The long-term preparations for the event were hidden from the enemy through intense decoy and deception techniques.
Not many veterans of that momentous day are still alive today. Many people do not even know the vastness of what happened on that day. Many schools probably do not give the day its proper importance.
Indeed, D-Day marks the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe. However, it also is a remarkable testimony to what a society can accomplish based on a dedication to duty, honor, and country. At that time, America was a nation that still fervently believed in God and His commandments. Not only did Americans believe in God, but they also sought His help and protection in war. Americans also were filled with a can-do spirit that overcame obstacles instead of the fear of micro-aggressions that hampers some today.
The spiritual, moral and societal problems that later culminated in the sixties were still undeveloped at the time. Most Americans supported traditional values.
There were no cell phones, GPS, or internet networks at that time to aid military planning. The plans were made based on the technologies of the time but above all on the substitutable human reason and judgment need for on-the-spot life-and-death decisions. There were no complicated rules of engagement or micro-managing of frontline commanders.
There was no “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy troubling the minds of soldiers. Soldiers didn’t have to worry about exposure to tainted blood with a potentially fatal disease due to a politically correct policy. There were no taxpayer-funded surgeries for “trans” soldiers. There was no atheist or satanic chaplains. There were no women in combat to distract soldiers during their life-and-death struggles on the battlefield. This battle was not remote-controlled but rather close and personal. Orders were issued, and soldiers were expected to follow the traditional civilized rules of war. Within those parameters, they did whatever it took to achieve their objectives.
Soldiers were not asked to fight for the “freedom” of defending abortion, same-sex “marriage,” Drag Queen Story Hours or the public worship of Satan.
The strategic and tactical decisions were based on moral absolutes, not moral relativism.
Society at the time of the D-Day Invasion was centered on faith, family and community. Everyone worked together to achieve victory. On the home front, Americans also participated in the war effort. For the common good, these Americans sacrificed and did without many items. Resources were conserved and recycled for much-needed war materiel. Common were the blue and gold-star flags hanging on front porches, identifying a family member who served or who had given everything for their country.
At that time, Americans believed in hierarchy. Children grew up respecting the authority of parents, teachers, clergy and civil leaders. The massive invasion only succeeded because the soldiers had been brought up on an understanding of and respect for hierarchy.
Americans believed that sexual relations were reserved for marriage. They believed in large and happy families.
What would people do today if deprived of their iPhones, or other gadgets? They should imagine themselves during the times of D-Day when people made good use of the technology but above all valued the virtues that are needed to govern the proper use of technology.
The average soldier of World War II did not have the material comforts or educational opportunities taken for granted today. They maintained an internal order that helped them to think and act rationally and perseveringly. They were ruled by reason, not emotion.
The great complex battle of D-Day was won by faith in God, the ordered use of reason and the practice of the virtue of fortitude. Soldiers possessed a willingness to offer their lives for a greater cause.
The 75th anniversary of D-Day is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the kind of order found in those American soldiers on June 6, 1944, which made possible so great a victory. This is in stark contrast to the internal and external disorder of today’s society. However, remnants of that past order still exist today and everything should be done to work for its restoration. Thank God that on D-Day America had such soldiers and the order that sustained them.