Today is the 70th Anniversary of D-Day! (and it’s also National Donut Day)

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day! Normandy, France – June 6, 1944

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It’s D-Day! Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy!

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Operation Overlord was the name assigned to the invasion of the Continent. The Normandy landing was the first phase, codenamed Operation Neptune, and the amphibious attack was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe, the establishment of a beachhead on the European continent, and it eventually led to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II.

Map of Normandy Invasion Area

D-Day! A Military Map of the Normandy Invasion Area in France

Remember the Veterans of all our wars today.  

D-Day! View from inside a landing craft.

D-Day! Omaha Beach – June 6th, 1944 – View from inside a landing craft.

USA! The United States of America!

USA! The United States of America!

At Omaha Beach, part of the Mulberry Harbour B is still visible in the sea at Arromanches, a few beach obstacles remain, and the Longues-sur-Mer battery is nearby. A memorial to the American National Guard sits at the location of a former German strongpoint. Pointe du Hoc is little changed from 1944, with the terrain covered with bomb craters and most of the concrete bunkers still in place. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is in Colleville-sur-Mer. Museums are located at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, and Sainte-Mère-Église. Two German military cemeteries are also located nearby. The Juno Beach Centre, opened in 2003, was funded by the Canadian federal and provincial governments, France, and Canadian veterans. Pegasus Bridge, a target of the British 6th Airborne, was the site of some of the earliest action of the Normandy landings. The bridge was replaced in 1994 by one similar in appearance, and the original is now housed on the grounds of a nearby museum complex.

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

Beny-sur-Mer (Canadian) War Cemetery in Normandy, France

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It’s also National Donut Day!

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The first Friday of June each year is also National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places today!

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Randy's Donuts - a Los Angeles Landmark

Randy’s Donuts – a Los Angeles Landmark

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in China!

The Tiananmen Square protests in spring of 1989 by the “89 Democracy Movement” were student demonstrations against the government with popular support from city residents in Beijing, China.

NOTE: This Blog will not be available in China due to Government Censorship!

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The Forbidden City – Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

When they want to sell you a tour to China, they’ll show you pictures of the Great Wall, the Yangtze River, Panda Bears, The Three Gorges Dam and of course, the Forbidden City.

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Imperial Lion Statue in Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

They want you to remember the Beijing Olympics in 2008:

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The Bird’s Nest – 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

The 2008 Beijing Games were the most watched Olympics in history, attracting 4.7 billion viewers worldwide and earning entry into the Guinness World Records.

I remember:

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Thousands of Drummers in The Bird’s Nest – Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

If you visit Tiananmen Square today, you would never know what happened there twenty five years ago……

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Tiananmen Square – Beijing, China

In spring of 1989, student demonstrators occupied Tiananmen Square for seven weeks. The protest was ended when hardline leaders declared martial law on May 20 and ordered the military to enforce martial law and mobilize as many as 300,000 troops in the capital. The crackdown that occurred on June 3 & 4 became known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and is commonly known as the June Fourth Incident in China.

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“Tank  Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

Chinese troops with assault rifles and tanks inflicted casualties on unarmed civilians trying to block the military’s advance. The image of one unidentified unarmed man standing immobile in the square facing down a column of tanks speaks a thousand words. Moments later the tanks would crush and kill him.

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“Tank Man” v. Chinese Military – Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China – June 4th 1989

The Chinese government condemned the protest as a “counter-revolutionary riot”, and has prohibited all forms of discussion of the protest or remembrance of the Massacre. Any and all references to the events have been censored from state media, the internet, schools, universities and modern history.

Tiananmen Square censorship mocked by "The Simpsons"

Tiananmen Square Massacre censorship mocked by “The Simpsons”

To date, many aspects of the events remain unknown or unconfirmed because of Chinese censorship. Estimates of the death toll range from a few hundred to thousands of people.

NOTE: THE NEXT IMAGE IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. (and it’s the hard truth)

Tiananmen Square Massacre - June 4, 1989

Tanks and Dead Protesters – Tiananmen Square Massacre – Beijing, China – June 4, 1989

Something to consider before you book your next trip to the People’s Republic of China, or decide to buy or promote your company with cheap SWAG that’s “Made in China”.

NOTE: This Blog will not be available in China due to Government Censorship!

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Tiananmen Square Memorial in Dominikanski Square in Wroclaw, Poland

p.s. Remember that incredible Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium from the opening ceremonies in 2008? Here it is, present day, a 40 billion dollar ruin. The workers are picking trash out of the water in this picture from 2013:

Bird's Nest Stadium - Beijing, China

Abandoned Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium – Beijing, China – 2013

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