Commemorating D-Day, June 6, 1944

June 6th, 2007 2:15 AM

I've gotten numerous requests to post some videos commemorating the 63rd anniversary of D-Day.

As such, I've found a number of really great ones that I hope properly capture the spirit of the occasion.

First up, this one was supposedly created by an eighth-grader for a history project. Really fabulous.

Next up, another history project by a high schooler. Just wonderful.

Finally, as no film out of Hollywood has better captured what happened 63 years ago on Omaha Beach, the opening scene from "Saving Private Ryan" is available in four parts here, here, here, and here.

No such commemoration would be complete without Abraham Lincoln's famous letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby on the unfortunate occasion of her having lost her fifth son during the Civil War:

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,--

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

God Bless America.

Editor's Note (Ken Shepherd | 14:24 EDT):

Some friends of NewsBusters have their own D-Day tributes up as well.:

  • Mary Katharine Ham "I am often at a loss for words when writing about a time when we were at no loss for heroes."
  • Ace of Spaces Slublog quotes Gen. Eisenhower's famous pre-invasion speech.
  • NewsBuckit (Reagan's 40th anniversary of D-Day speech)