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D-Day, June 6, 1944

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 26, 2020 - 6:19 PM

I was thinking today about those brave men on the beach at Normandy. When the order was given to charge, I'm sure that the patriotic men who signed up for the army would do their duty; but what about the average Joe who got drafted?

If I had been drafted into that situation, would I charge, or would I stay at the edge of the beach and die anyway? I might think "Who gave a ridiculous order like that: to have all of us run up the beach into gunfire?"

I might remember a poem written by Alfred Tennyson, "Charge of the Light Brigade," and think "... someone had blundered." A certain percentage of the men would die, but with more men running out, more would survive to fight.

I think that to save lives, I might charge; but would I really, really go? I'll never know. Here is a salute to the men who were there and did their duty. Whether the generals were right or wrong, history has shown us that IT WORKED!

Thomas Bagby