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Update – As a matter of fairness, according to Reason Magazine, President G.W. Bush only commemorated D-Day twice; in 2001 when the National D-Day Memorial  was opened in  Bedford, Va., and on the 60th anniversary in 2004.

In general, D-Day is celebrated officially on the 5 and 10 year anniversaries. President Obama did visit Normandy on the 65th anniversary in 2009.

Thursday marked the 69th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy that began the arduous task of freeing Europe from the Nazi Germany death grip and President Obama failed to mention it.


As Town Hall’s Katie Pavlich reported: “There is no released statement on WhiteHouse.gov and nothing on the White House or Barack Obama twitter feeds about the anniversary. President Obama did not make any public remarks about the anniversary yesterday, either.”

Some 2,499 American soldiers were killed on that bloody day that is often referred to as “the longest day,” according to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

Pavlich adds that Obama has failed to commemorate D-Day since 2010, and notes that he did take the time to release a statement about Rep. John Dingell becoming the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

Whether this continued oversight is confirmation of Obama’s anti-colonialist views, as some critics charge, or a furtherance of the progressive notion of ignoring the past to shape the future is left to the individual to decipher. 

Tom Tillison


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