Time to Ask: Can We Protect the Freedom That D-Day Earned?

Article ID: 618708

Released: 2-Jun-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Cornell University

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Barry Strauss, an expert on international relations, author of 11 books on military history and professor of History at Cornell University, calls on the world to remember what was sacrificed on D-Day, June 6, 1944 – and warns a softer generation that vigilance is needed, or history may soon call upon us as well.

Strauss says:

“The 70th anniversary of D-Day is a time of pride, gratitude and fear.

“Pride that the generation of ’44 had the courage and heroism to storm across the English Channel and take the Nazis’ Fortress Europa. Gratitude that because of their self-sacrifice, we have enjoyed 70 years of peace and prosperity. Fear that, because there is no end of war, we will one day be called upon to suffer it all again – and our soft and peaceable selves will have to prove equal to the task.

“D-Day may seem like a historical relic or an old folks’ game, but without wise diplomacy, constant engagement with the world, and a strong military defense, it will become all too real.”

Strauss bio: http://barrystrauss.com

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