June 6, 2014 — Most of us in the timeshare industry were not even alive back then but it was 70 years to this very day, on the morning of June 6th 1944, when at least 150,000 Allied troops hit the fortified beaches of Normandy and began that long hard battle to drive the Nazis out of France and eventually help bring WWII to an end in Europe. And what does that have to do with Timeshare you ask?
So Here’s The Scoop: Before I answer that question, for those who do not know there were upwards of 13,000 aircrafts involved on D-Day, about 5,000 Ships, and Airborne Paratroopers were being dropped behind enemy lines while the masses of Allied infantry troops were hitting the beaches.
And by the time nightfall rolled around at the end of the first day it is estimated that between the paratroopers and those storming the beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword) nearly 10,000 very courageous Allied soldiers either died or were severely wounded.
Now just imagine for a moment – 10,000 KIA (killed in action) or WIA (wounded in action) that first day.When the grunts began invading around 6:30 A.M., from the very first shots fired by the Nazis (using grenades, mortars, machine guns, rocket launchers, artillery, etc.) and through mid-day (and beyond), the carnage was horrendous — as every minute of every hour Allied troops were either instantly killed, wounded or lay dying screaming “Medic” – “…God…” – “…Mom…” – “…Dad…”
If you know anyone who romanticizes war remind them that along with the dead the wounds suffered that day as a result of combat include but were not limited to any one or more of the following per wounded trooper:
The instantaneous loss of hearing in one or both ears, loss of sight in one or both eyes, the loss of one or more toes, one or both feet, one or both legs, one or more fingers, one or both hands, one or both arms, both arms and both legs, portions of their faces blown off, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns on upwards of 100% of their bodies, sucking chest wounds, abdominal wounds, broken bones protruding from various parts of their bodies, jaws blown off and noses, too, and other head wounds — and maybe an issue or two from being
“shell shocked” “lack of moral fiber” “battle fatigue” “post traumatic stress” “operationally exhausted!”
All that plus those who lay there for hours enduring the incredible pain, the horrific sounds and smells of the battle, the blown up bodies all about, the haunting blood-curdling screams and moans, etc. while they bled to death that first day, of which the majority of all casualties apparently occurred within the first 7 hours of the invasion that day – or about the first 420 minutes!
That means the total number of casualties mounted up to the tune of about 23 per minute – one wounded or killed about every 3 seconds nonstop for what had to seem an eternity in Hell.
So how’s your day going today?
Now I bring this up first and foremost to specifically honor all those very brave men from all the Allied countries and from all walks of life who gallantly dropped from the skies and/or charged the beaches 70 years ago on D-Day.
And my other reason is I also want to remind all of us that though we face challenges in civilian life we are some of the luckiest darn people on this entire planet because most of us have our health, we only toil a few hours a day and we all work in the global hospitality, travel and vacation industry — and that’s not a bad way to begin each new day!
So get out there today and every day hereafter and remember all those who have and continue to serve — and not just those on D-Day but throughout all time, during peace and all wars and in all capacities including their civilian counter parts supporting their efforts.
By doing so your daily actions and success in life will honor them all, sort of a way of thanking them and demonstrating that you are proud of their service, duty and sacrifices so that we all had the opportunity to live the good life.
Good Luck Out There!
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