Saturday, June 6, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #23: D-Day and Whatever Happened, Happened

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the Normandy Landings during World War II, usually called D-Day. On this day, we remember the wave after wave of brave soldiers who fought, died, and used the spring tide to turn the tide of the war in Europe.

This notable anniversary led me to various interesting reads, including a D-Day dress rehearsal that became a disastrous surprise attack, massacre, and possible impetus for the success of the actual invasion. Further reading led me to our current President, whose grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham enlisted in the Army. His unit supported the 9th Air Force in the events of the D-Day invasion and followed the front six weeks later.

President Barack Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham had been born about a year and a half previously. However, had the senior Stanley not survived the war, his family might not have moved to Hawaii, where the President's parents met - thus possibly changing the very existence of our current President. That's something for any history-changing, possibly Axis-sympathizing time travelers to consider. Of course, agents of chronological chaos would likely fail. Even if such a covert assassin succeeded, a substitute Stanley Dunham would have returned home from the war in that case, thus making sure whatever happened, happened. ::boom:: LOST

Sgt. Dunham's Army photo is in the public domain.

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