D-Day Celebrations

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

We do not celebrate D-Day with the same attention we give to Memorial Day or Veterans Day; some hardly take note at all. Most people will simply be toiling away at their regular 9 to 5. A few slabs of meat and stacks of 12-ounce aluminum canisters will undoubtedly be spared as a result.

Soldier's Monument

No one understands the memorials left behind quite the same as those who left it.

However, I am the anomaly and have my celebration planned. After all, I have the envious job of being an outdoor writer. I plan to start my celebration with an olfactory treat—the sweet effluvia created after copious amounts of caps have been sacrificed and a sea of Hoppes #9 is flowing down the barrel. Just the thought of it causes my heart to skip a beat; much as it did when I was a child and anticipated a coming Christmas morning. Yes, I do this at least weekly, but it’s a perk of the job, so cut me some slack.

However, it’s not about me. It is important to remember what this celebration is all about. On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of a heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. It was the start of one of the greatest campaigns in history.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy. However, taking the beach resulted in a human debt. D-Day came with a high cost—over 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. Nine thousand-plus Allied troops were either killed or wounded on June 6.

Thanking-Those-Who-Served

“Thank You”

Celebrating D-Day means this will be a day to leave the favored AR in the safe aside the Glocks, MKA-1919 and such. Guns shooting well below MOA will be traded for M1s, 1911s, of course an old friend will be along for the ride, my favorite M1903 Springfield and other weapons of the same ilk will rule the day. And how could we forget the world’s first truly successful semi-auto shotgun, the venerable Browning Auto 5. Zombie targets will all be of the Nazi persuasion and by the end of the day some meat will be subjected to proper incineration at a minimum.

Through the smoke, eats, clanging of dog tags of colorful metaphors being slung about the range, we will also take time to bow our heads in a moment of silence and honor those who experienced hell on earth, June 6, 1944…

What are your favorite weapons from WWII? Let us know in the comment section.

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Comments (4)

  • wrozzy

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    Kevin hit the nail on the head. The freedoms our fathers and brothers fought and are fighting for are disappearing as fast as our great leaders take them away.

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  • wrozzy

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    I am still disappointed Our Government eleminated the Draft. All these young men killing each other in the streets of Chicago would be off learning how to be a man, a patriot, responsibility, etc. The greatest education I received in life was the military. Luckily I survived.

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  • Kevin C Monahan

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    Thanks for remembering. Too many people of the younger generations think D-Day was a mere footnote in WW II. Little do they realize what our fathers did to keep the freedom we have today and too many are willing to forget the sacrifices of our military men and women be forgotten. Those sacrifices were and are in vain as our freedoms erode. Let us not forget.

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  • AR shooter

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    without question my favorite W.W.II weapon is my M-1 CARBINE. i enjoy the heritage of this GREAT BATTLE RIFLE. so much i will by the grace of GOD be shooting in the C.M.P. match at CAMP PERRY in Ohio this summer .
    MAYBE SEE YOU THERE ! !

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