Today, known as D-Day, is the 70th anniversary of the WWII Allies’ Normandy Beach invasion in 1944. This successful landing was the turning point that allowed the Allies to push all the way to Germany and effectively end World War II. We thank all the soldiers and their families for the lives and service they have given to our country so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have.
In commemoration of all the heroic stories of WWII, I urge you to read the following book if you haven’t already:
“Unbroken” is the biography of Louis Zamperini, 1936 runner in the Berlin Olympics who finished his last lap in the 5,000 meter in 56 seconds, bringing him the attention of the world and Adolf Hitler. Louis then became a WWII bombardier who got shot down over the Pacific Ocean and drifted for 47 days…only to be captured by the enemy!! (He also set a record for the longest survival at sea.) If that wasn’t enough, he becomes the personal target of Mutsuhiro Watanabe (“The Bird”) and attempts a daring escape…but that’s not the end! A triumph of the human spirit, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, will keep you on the edge of your seat and cheering till the end.
It is currently also in production as a movie, being directed by Angelina Jolie, and set to release Christmas Day 2014. Take a look…
For great D-Day stories and info: http://www.army.mil/d-day/