Bullet Blues would like to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day
by Bullet Blues
At Bullet Blues, we think it’s extremely important to honor the memory of D-Day and the Normandy invasion. It’s such a significant part of the modern world’s history, even though D-Day occurred decades ago. It’s important to me on a personal level as well. The memory of D-Day is the original inspiration for my company’s name.
June 6th, 1944–the Allied invasion of Normandy began during World War II. This was a day in history that will be remembered forever. Called “D-Day,” June 6th marked the landing operations of Allied troops, and this would establish the foothold that the Allied soldiers needed to defeat the Nazis and Axis powers. Had the troops not been able to succeed at Normandy, the march for freedom would likely not have happened, drastically changing the Europe that we see today.
Click the photo to watch a video detailing the attack, called “D-Day: Invasion of Normandy” as seen on History.com.
Today, there are many cemeteries, monuments and museums in the areas near the beaches of Normandy; nearly 30 cemeteries honor the soldiers from many countries who lost their lives on D-Day and during other battles of WWII. The Sainte-James American cemetery, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, contains almost endless rows of identical white crosses or Stars of David. These mark the graves of the soldiers, commemorating the fallen American troops. It overlooks Omaha Beach and the English Channel. Click the photo below to see a gallery of images about the invasion.
A trip that my son, Guillaume and I took to Normandy had special significance for me. We were able to see these touching memorials and cemeteries first-hand. Among them was the Normandy American Memorial and Cemetery which honors the American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II.
The 90-acre cemetery is awe-inspiring, and it holds the graves of over 9,300 American soldiers. Among all the acres of graves, there was a particular grave that stood out from the others. My son came to a cross with no name on it, and he was curious as to why this was. Instead of a name and unit number inscribed on the cross, this cross read, “Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.” This was a memorial to a solider whose name would never be known.
The two of us prayed over this unknown soldier’s grave and we reflected on the magnitude of the fact that nothing is known about this nameless soldier. This was an especially moving reminder to me that these brave young men came to Europe to free people that they did not know. I was so inspired and touched by this—I wanted to honor the unwavering bravery and selflessness of these men in some way.
The name “Bullet Blues” was coined to honor those men, their bravery and their bullets. Their patriotism should never be forgotten, and I hope that “Bullet Blues” will be some small reminder of their valor. I hope that the company’s name is a symbol of all the admirable American men that sacrificed their lives so that France—and Europe—would remain free.
Along with these patriotic soldiers whose lives or limbs were lost, I’d also like to point out another patriot. Josh Miller, the man behind the documentary “Made in the USA: A 30-Day Journey” has been determined to point out how important it is to buy American. His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Bullet Blues would like to tip our hats to him as well.
Please join me in remembering all of these brave young men.