D-Day . . . When The Free Men Of The World Accepted Nothing Less Than Victory

Jun 6th

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! How happy are we that it’s Friday! WOOHOO!  I know, I’m probably OVERLY excited, but seriously, I’m always happy to see Friday arrive.  Lots of us are, right? It can’t be just me!  I have to admit though, that we have been so busy at work lately, that the days just fly by and are over before I know it.  It’s rather nice!

D-Day – June 6, 1944 D-Day, World War II, the allied invasion of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history.  The invasion’s code name was Operation Overlord.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery were built up.  The “D” stands for Day.  D-Day and H-Hour stand for the secret time/day an operation is scheduled to begin.  Code names for the five beaches were the Allies landed:  Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.  The date of June 5, 1944 was originally chosen for the invasion, but bad weather forced the Allies to postpone the Day.  On June 5, 1944, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., 13,000 allied paratroopers and gliders carrying heavy equipment leave England to begin the invasion of France by air.  In a broadcast message to the troops, Eisenhower said, “The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory . . . We will accept nothing less than full victory!”  Overnight, a military armada and more than 156,000 troops crossed the English Channel.  Minesweepers went ahead to clear the waters in preparation for the more than 2,300 landing crafts that carried men, vehicles and supplies.  Between midnight and 8 a.m. on June 6, 1944, Allied forces of more than 11,000 aircraft, flew 14,674 sorties.  By 6:30 a.m. troops began coming ashore on a 60 mile front.  In a broadcast to the people of occupied Europe, Eisenhower said:  “Although the initial assault may not have been in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.” 

Drive-in Movie Day – June 6, 1933, The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”   The outdoor theater closed after three years, but it inspired an industry that peaked at around 4,000 drive-ins during the late 1950s and early 1960s.  At their height some drive-ins attracted guests with petting zoos, special guests, and music acts, and hosted religious services on Sunday mornings.  Rising real estate costs, difficulty operating during bad weather conditions, the adoption of daylight savings time, and the advancement of home entertainment systems led many drive-in theaters to go “dark”.  Today drive-ins are rare to find.  We have one left near us, and I remember going there as a teen, but it’s been many, many years since I have.  I think a drive-in movie sounds like fun!  Maybe one of these weekends I can talk hubby into going – ours always has a double feature!

Gardening Exercise Day – “They” say that gardening is therapeutic.  “They” also say it’s good for the mind, body and soul.  Well, I’ll have to take “their” word for it.  Though I love the end result of working in the garden, I’m not personally a fan of the what it takes to get there.  However, for those who love it, Gardening Exercise Day is a good opportunity to go out and burn off calories and have some wonderful, beautiful results while doing it.  Gardening uses all of the muscle groups, and strenuous gardening activities like raking, hoeing and digging are both aerobic and muscle strengthening.  Sounds like great incentive to go out and work in your plants!

Yo-Yo Day is here…hooray! ! A great day to play with a yo-yo!  I was always only able to do the simple up and down with the yo-yo’s I’ve had, but I was always so impressed when I watched people who were really good at it performing lots of tricks with them.  It’s pretty impressive!  If I were to try some of those moves I’d bonk myself over the head.  Did you know that three U.S. Presidents were proficient yo-yo-ers? Yep, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) were all handy with a yo-yo.  The origin of yo-yo’s is hard to prove with any degree of accuracy, but many believe that it originated in China as early as 500-1000 B.C.  However, there is some evidence that it was first used in Greece even before that time. The Yo-Yo was made very popular in American by businessman Donald F. Duncan, Sr.  He manufactured the Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900’s.  Celebrate today by reliving childhood memories and giving it a try!

This Day In History

1925 – Chrysler Corporation is founded.      
1933 – The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey.

Food Celebration of the Day

National Donut Day – This day honors the Salvation Army “Lassies” of WWI.  It is also a fund raiser for the needy causes of the Salvation Army.    The original Salvation Army Doughnut was served by the Salvation Army in 1917.  During WWI the Salvation Army “lassies” were sent to the front lines of Europe.  These brave volunteers made home cooked foods that provided a morale boost to the troops.  Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmet of an American soldier.  The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys.  The Salvation Army lassies were the only women that weren’t military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.  Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance was the Salvation Army’s first “doughnut girl”.  Today see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army, or for another needy cause.  If you can find one, please be generous.  By the way, the original word “doughnut” is often shortened to “donut”.  If you see the term National Donut Day, it’s the same day.  Do you know why donuts have holes?  They only cook properly with hollow centers – if they didn’t have the holes then the outside will burn while the middle stays doughy.  Here are some great looking recipes from www.food.com to try today! 
Old-Fashioned Cake Donuts
Jelly Donut Cupcakes
Mom’s Cheat Donuts
Canadian Sour Cream Donuts
Baked Cake Donuts
Chinese Orange Donut Holes

Oh my goodness, don’t those look good?  Now I’m hungry for donuts!  So not right!  Well, I’m going to work now to try to take my mind OFF of the donuts!  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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