Remembering D-Day and Another Special "D" Day for Me

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Remembering D-Day and Another Special "D" Day for Me


Today marks the 79th anniversary of the  Allied invasion of German Occupied Western Europe...D-Day. It was to be the “largest air, land, and sea operation before or since that day.”  Its codename was Operation Overlord.




Many only know of D-Day from movies like Saving Pvt Ryan or The Longest Day. This is why it is important that our children and those who follow us know more about this well-planned campaign that historians called “the beginning of the end of World War II.”


As of 2022 only 167,284 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive. 


160,000 Troops

4 Medal of Honor Recipients

5,000+ Ships

13,000 Aircraft

9,000+ Allied Soldiers Killed
or Wounded



This is also a Special “D” day for me as well. Today I wish a Heavenly Happy Birthday to my dad who was in the US Air Corps on D-Day. He was a photographer onboard a plane that flew that day.




As the story goes, he jokingly asked his commanding officer if he could have the day (June 6) off since it was his birthday.   To which the officer replied…

Henry, you’re not going to want to miss this day!


Happy Birthday to my dad.



In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower




Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill



A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Comments (18)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Loved this post, Kathy. Having been born just a few years after D-Day I grew up learning about it and even today it doesn't seem like "ancient" history to me. It's still "living" history. Sadly, there are entire generations now who have no clue about D-Day, about the lives lost, and it's impact on WWII and life after.

Jun 06, 2023 04:51 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I think that you and I were born around the same time and I agree with you in everything you say.  I was excited to see the enthusiasm given to WWII vets when they were the grand marshalls of the St Patrick's Day parade in Delray Beach. Everyone clapped and cheered for them. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:12 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. My uncle served in WWII and recently passed after living for 100 years. And as Nina Hollander, Broker commented many subsequent generations have no clue about D-Day which to me is sad! Enjoy your day.

Jun 06, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Wayne Martin They don't even mention this day in the news. Well, they might but  barely. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:13 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Simple and incredible post. I have used President Eisenhower's quote often. And yes, I agree with Wayne Martin's comment:

subsequent generations have no clue about D-Day which to me is sad!

Jun 06, 2023 05:15 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith the powers that be keep trying to rewrite and alter history consequently no one is learning what happened. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:14 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are so many days we observe and remember those that fought for us.  It seems that humans will never get along and there will always be something to fight about, haha.

Jun 06, 2023 05:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England greed and long as they're around there will be battles fought. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:15 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Honoring the courage and sacrifice of those who stormed the beaches on D-Day. Let's never forget these heroes!

Jun 06, 2023 06:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 Sadly with nothing of true importance being taught in our schools today...generations will have no clue about this. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:17 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In viewing the movie, Saving Private Ryan, some of the scenes from the beginning of that invasion were pulled from Allied films taken that day. It was a day of great challenge and death but necessary to turn the tide of the war.

Jun 06, 2023 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva it was hard watching that movie which I think was beautifully done. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:18 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, it was a very sad day, and a day to remember into the years.

Jun 06, 2023 06:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I agree. I hope that we do a better job of remembering!

Jun 06, 2023 06:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for your historical reminders and for your personal memories.

Jun 06, 2023 07:29 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank YOU Roy Kelley Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:19 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy wars were fought much differently in the past century, but they all have included the loss of precious lives.

Jun 06, 2023 07:49 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto wars are senseless but that said, I'm thankful for those who stepped up when necessary. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:21 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
First of all, Happy Heavenly Birthday to your Dad!  My Dad served in WWII. Saving Private Ryan profoundly affected me. It made me realize what a crap shoot coming out of that war alive was.  I pray we don't lose the freedoms that were so fervently fought for us at such a great cost.

Jun 06, 2023 09:34 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams Thank you. I cried at the end of that movie...I mean really cried, not just teared up. I felt the fear they all must have felt with the tanks coming into the area. Our freedoms are being taken for granted. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:24 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Thank you for your simply wonderful post today reminding us all of a very special day in our history. I only wish children growing up today learned of what happened and why and learned to honor, respect and value those who participated in this well planned campaign!  

Jun 06, 2023 09:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I share  your wish and I fear that the respect that we share for our history is lost on our youth. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:26 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Afternoon and thank you for remembering, Kathy Streib 

We must always remember those that risked life and limb for the sake of the United States of America. The toll was high with over 4400 killed in action and 12,000 or so wounded. 

Jun 06, 2023 11:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Doug Dawes Think about what our parents and grandparents had to go through during the war. We think we had shortages during Covid but nothing like what they endured. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:28 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your dad and one of my grandsons share the same birthday, which is also D Day, Kathy.  Many lost their lives on that day in 1944.  It's a testament that freedom isn't always free.

Jun 06, 2023 05:13 PM
Kathy Streib

Happy birthday to your grandson Myrl Jeffcoat Yes, freedom does come with a price. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:29 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 06, 2023 05:19 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat this Old Fart thanks you. 

Jun 06, 2023 06:30 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

I want to wish your father a Heavenly Happy Birthday.  These men were real heroes. 

My father-in-law went through Normandy Beach after the first wave and moved to the Battle of the Bulge.  Private Ryan was tough to watch. Our current young generation should see this to help them understand our heritage.

Jun 06, 2023 07:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved this post where is the Feature Button? I had a conversation about an hour ago with Diane about this day..... many years ago when I was an Operations Manger for a Contract Security Company, one of the Security Supervisors was one of the first Rangers of the US Army and he landed on Omaha beach on June 6th.... D Day.... I always enjoyed hearing his stories... Endre

Jun 06, 2023 11:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: loved the photo of your dad and the Winston Churchill quote .... I know I am preaching to the Choir, Endre

Jun 06, 2023 11:08 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

A Happy Heavenly birthday to your Handsome dad!

Jun 07, 2023 01:07 PM