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D-Day anniversary a reminder of the lessons
Dad taught us on the home front

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Posted By: SurferLad, 6/11/2019 6:45:31 AM

Much of the Western world’s attention rightly focused in recent days on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the Nazi Reich and the awful sacrifices made by so many, only a few of whom remain with us still. [Snip] That was the stark combat front. Another was the home front, which has drawn less celebration over the years of its commitments and sacrifices by millions back home building the war materiel and supporting the families who worked, waited and prayed. A far less lethal endeavor to be sure, but one that forged a

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D-Day anniversary a reminder of the lessons
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Much of the Western world’s attention rightly focused in recent days on the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of the Nazi Reich and the awful sacrifices made by so many, only a few of whom remain with us still. [Snip] That was the stark combat front. Another was the home front, which has drawn less celebration over the years of its commitments and sacrifices by millions back home building the war materiel and supporting the families who worked, waited and prayed. A far less lethal endeavor to be sure, but one that forged a
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