D-Day Vets Honored by Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy — by The…
June 6, 2019 — The Nashvillian. D-Day Veteras are being honored today by the Blue Angels in Middle Tennessee to World Leaders in Normandy.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels performed a Fly Over of Downtown Nashville on June 6, 2019 (D-Day) to commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who gave their lives for America and World freedom. (Picture of Blue Angels source: Wikipedia).
The Blue Angels are making their first return to the area for this weekend’s Nissan Sponsored Air Show in Smyrna TN since Marine Captain Jeff Kuss gave his life in the line of duty three years ago in 2016 in the very same event in Smyrna, TN. The featured premier flying group of the U.S. Navy will be performing once again in the Nissan sponsored Great American Air Show Saturday June 8 to Sunday June 9 at Smyrna Airport in Rutherford County just southeast of Nashville.
Meanwhile, American and World Leaders are gathering to commemorate the service and sacrifice for freedom made by the brave D-Day Veterans.
Above, As U.S. Military Veteran Paratrooper Vincent Sparanza confers with American Soldiers at D-Day Celebration, President Trump & Prime Minister May (below) greet national leaders representing countries of Allied Forces fighting alongside American and British Forces on D-Day. (Picture Sources: Vets- Betrand Guay/AFP/.Getty Images Trump/May-AP.)
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who joined President Donald Trump in the D-Day ceremonies, took the opportunity to commemorate the veterans of D-DAY by saying — “The Normandy landings 75 years ago were a moment of historic international cooperation. And it is right that, at the heart of today’s commemorations, are veterans who fought to secure the liberty and the peace that we now enjoy.”
President Trump quoted from President Franklin Roosevelt’s — Prayer to Nation and Troops during D-Day Normandy landings 75 years ago —
The President reminded attendees of President Roosevelt’s prayer on D-Day by excerpting the following lines he read —
“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. They will need Thy blessings. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.” [Trump excerpt of President Roosevelt’s Prayer to Nation, for Troops and World originally given by FDR during Normandy Invasion 75 years ago — on D-Day June 6, 1944]
Queen Elizabeth honored Veterans of D-Day who fought alongside America, Britain and Allied Forces to determine — the “fate of the world” which “depended on their success. Many…would never return and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten.”
Present at the D-Day events were world leaders from countries in the Allied Forces fighting together with the U.S. and Britain in Normandy on D-Day — Canada, Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Denmark, France, Greece, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.
D-DAY & Final Days of World War II — Operation Neptune at Normandy with General Bradley and Operation Cobra led by General George Patton
D-DAY June 6, 1944 in World War II is when American, British and Allied Forces hit the beeches of Normandy, France in a water based invasion, the largest in military history, code named Operation Neptune in the march to defeat Hitler and Nazi Germany, which had an instrumental impact on the conclusion of World War II and securing Freedom around the globe.
The following message by General Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered to the troops indicated that no less than absolute victory would be accepted by the United States of America.
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940–41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” — General Dwight Eisenhower (D-Day) Message
Of key significance in the history of the war, as indicated in the movie “Patton”, Hitler and the German Nazi Command were so convinced that the invasion would be led by General George Patton that the Nazi enemies were misdirected to await anticipated forces under Patton in Calais buying time for the actual invasion which took place in Normandy. This perception was aided by the creation of fictitious Allied Forces around Patton to lead, often referred to as the greatest deception in the history of warfare.
Among many battles won by one of America’s most revered military leaders, General Patton — the key victory at Normandy on D-DAY occurred without Patton’s physical presence — yet still he played an instrumental role because of the enemy’s perception of Patton, substantially contributing to delayed enemy preparation, saving lives and ability to win under General Bradley on D-DAY.
Operation Cobra was a tandem campaign of First Army and the Third Army which Patton (3rd Army Commander) was assigned to lead across France and Germany, culminating in a run into Brittany, France and over southern Normandy, resulting in the dismantling of Germany’s forces.
Back home in America, the families, friends, fellow soldiers and veteran advocates of World War II Vets paid tribute to the D-Day Veterans and were reminded of the tremendous price of freedom paid by all American Soldiers and their allied fellow service members who served in World War II
Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc., from Nashville, Tennessee honored D-Day and all World War II veterans for their “tremendous service and sacrifice for the USA and Freedom” saying —
“Here’s to the brave American Soldiers who landed on the Beech at Normandy France 75 years ago, a date we remember as D-DAY, to defeat a world oppressive regime and secure freedom for America and the World. Accolades forever to all the American Soldiers in World War II who fought to secure liberty for the United States and people around the globe”, said Veteran Advocate Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc.
“BLUE ANGELS” TO CONTINUE TRIBUTE TO ALL SOLDIERS OVER D-DAY WEEKEND IN SMYRNA
As to this weekend’s 2019 return of the Blue Angels to Smyrna, Tennessee — Lt. Cmdr. David Gardner, spokesman for the Blue Angels, alluded to the continuing spirit of D-Day commemoration activities the premier flying will take part in over the skies of Smyrna TN and honoring all those who’ve given their life for America with this statement —
— “The best way we can honor Capt. Kuss and everyone who has given their life in service to their country is to go out there and fly the best demonstration we possibly can.”
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying their F-18 Hornets, after today’s fly over the skies of Nashville in advance of their first return show after the loss of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, will be aiming high in the Nissan sponsored Great American Air Show Saturday June 8 to Sunday June 9 at Smyrna Airport in Rutherford County just southeast of Nashville.
The show featuring the U.S. Navy Top Performing Team — The Blue Angels — will be their one and only appearance in the Southeast 5 State Region of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Marine Capt. Jeff “Kooch” Kuss — Opposing Solo #6 — gave his life for his country three years ago on June 2, 2016 while performing during a practice session for this very same Air Show in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Since that date a Jeff Kuss Memorial Foundation has been created featuring the F-18 Blue and Gold Hornet in Smyrna where public servants and the public have gathered to honor his memory.
The parents of Captain Jeff Kuss — Janet and Michael Kuss — have been back to see this tribute to their fallen American Soldier son, who said they have “felt the love” from the Smyrna Community and their Country.
Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed has said that the Jeff Kuss Blue Angels Memorial has meant so much to the family, saying —
“Citizens want to let them know how sorry they are and how much they appreciate what Jeff has done for the country and for our community, and for them just to be able to say, ‘We love you, we’re sorry and we’ve been praying for you’”.
The U.S. Air Force Viper Demonstration Team flying F-16’s will participate in the events to honor all veterans, active duty and future military service personnel.
John Black Airport Authority Director of Smyrna-Rutherford County said — “…We are privileged and honored to be hosting the U.S. Navy Blue Angels at this premier Middle Tennessee event. With this year’s stellar lineup, the Great Tennessee Air Show is poised to present one of the strongest airshow lineups anywhere in North America.”
Over the years, patriotic American families have enjoyed the Air shows from on site locations at the Airport where advance tickets are available to off site venues in parking lots, on overlooks, in the parks and other areas surrounding the position of take off and landing to witness and be a part of this military and patriotic celebration in America.
As we follow the D-Day Commemoration with this flying tribute by the Navy Blue Angels, we are reminded of the honor and respect shown by fellow Americans for all the American Soldiers who risked and have given their lives in service to our country.
We find unity in the United States over these common bonds of a freedom loving people willing to fight to sustain and protect our American Freedom.
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News Article — Copyright © 2019. TheNashvillianCo. Local, State and National News Impacting Americans. All Rights Reserved. Sources: Picture of President Trump & Prime Minister May source: AP. Pictures of D-Day landing forces by HistoryOnTheNet.com; Picture of General Eisenhower addressing 101st Airborne Division source: Wikipedia. General Dwight D. Eisenhower D-Day Message to the Troops (Pic): USNHistory.NavyLive.DodLive.mil); Pictures of General Bradley and General George Patton, Source: Wikipedia. Trump w Roosevelt Poster Source: Daniel Lee-Olivias — AFP/Getty Images. Queen Elizabeth and President Trump by Chris Jackson/WPA Pool/Getty Images; Larry Crim President of Veterans Comprehensive Network Inc. with Veterans Source: by A. Crim for L.R. Crim MPA MA and VCN. Picture Veteran Paratrooper American Soldiers by Betran Guay/AFP/Getty. Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed Joins Public Servants in Welcoming Blue Angels Back (Source: M.E. Reed FB). U.S. Navy Blue Angels Fly High for America (Picture Source: Wikipedia) and Marine Captain Jeff Kuss A Life in Service (Source: Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP).