Thursday, June 6, 2019

CBS News and CNN on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

For Throwback Thursday, I am observing two historic anniversaries.  The first was the 100th Anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.  The second is the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

I begin the commemoration with Remembering D-Day on the 75th anniversary of historic invasion from CBS News.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches in Normandy, France, with the goal of defeating Nazi Germany. Alex Kershaw is a historian and author of "The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II." He joined Major Garrett for a closer look at what the iconic day means.
That was about the importance of the invasion itself through 75 years of hindsight.  To see and hear the meaning at the time, CBS News showed D-Day anniversary: Watch archival video of the iconic invasion in Normandy.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches in Normandy, France, with the goal of defeating Nazi Germany. This is one of a series of newsreel clips, which captured the iconic day live as it happened.
In retrospect, this comes off as much wartime propaganda as it does news, down to the appeal to buy war bonds, but at the time it just showed that the media were as committed to the war effort as everyone else.

CBS News summed up the anniversary ceremonies in Normandy ceremony honors D-Day heroes 75 years later.

World leaders gathered in France to honor the Allied forces who landed on Normandy beaches 75 years ago. At least 170 aging veterans who took part in the operation in 1944 returned to reflect on the turning point in World War II. "CBS This Morning" co-host Anthony Mason joined CBSN from Normandy with more on the historic ceremony.
I watched a video of those flyovers from CNN.  It was powerful, especially the preview image, which reminds me of Bastille Day.

Joined by President Emanuel Macron and Mrs. Macron, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump viewed a series of flyovers at the conclusion of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
That's it for this Throwback Thursday look back at two historic anniversaries.  Stay tuned for a final retrospective of the eighth year of this blog about the back catalog.

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