Thursday, June 6, 2013

D-Day, the 6th of June

Today is the 69th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Europe, D-Day, June 6th, 1944.

Baseball players had already joined up to serve in the Navy, Army, and Marine Corps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7th, 1941.

Players such as Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, and others, served for many years, some until the end of the war.

Two big league ballplayers were involved in the D-Day invasion, Yogi Berra, and Leon Day.

All baseball games were cancelled by Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis on June 6th, 1944.

In January 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt sent a letter to baseball Commissioner Landis stating he wanted the National Pastime to continue.

That letter is known as the  "Green Light Letter."

In the letter FDR states... "... I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going."

Today we pause to remember the Men and Women who fought for our freedom on that historic day as the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, Utah, Gold, and Sword.

May God Bless all our military Men and Women serving America today, in this country, and abroad.

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