Thursday:) This Was Mom’s Birthday and It’s Also D-Day

7 Jun

“Even if we can’t celebrate your birthday today, I know you are celebrating with the other angels in heaven.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today would have been Mom’s 92nd birthday. It’s sad that she’s gone, but we did have 90 1/2 wonderful years with this beautiful lady. That was truly a blessing. I’m smiling thinking that she’s up in heaven having her favorite strawberry ice cream and birthday cake, AND she’s not worrying about the calories any more. My angel mother.

Miss you Mom. Save me some frosting. You always ate the cake part and saved me the frosting. ❤️

Mom also shared her birthday with D-Day. Both very important days to remember.

US soldiers wade through surf and German gunfire to secure a beachhead during the Allied Invasion, on the beaches of Normandy. (Photo: US ARMY via EPA-EFE)

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. 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, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

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