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The Historical Weather Forecast

Gen. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers prior to D-Day. US Army photo (5 June 1944)

We tend to make a lot of jokes at the expense of the television weather people. How can you make a mistake when you have the $7,000,000 Doppler system? In Southern California the joke was why they were paid for predicting weather that every day was 75 degrees, no clouds, and no rain.

Here’s the story of one of the most important weather forecasts in modern history.

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Liberation Day

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I’m writing this post on 5 May 2014. Liberation Day (also known as Freedom Day) for Holland. It was 5 May 1945 that Canadian forces along with other Allied forces were able to obtain the surrender of German forces in the small Dutch town of Wageningen. This led to the complete surrender and liberation of the country.

There is a cemetery near Maastricht. It is the final resting spot for 8,301 American soldiers who died in Operation Market Garden (17–25 September 1944). It was a failed Allied attempt to liberate Holland on their path to Berlin. There are other military cemeteries nearby for the British and Canadian men who did not survive the battle.

A Dutch family has adopted every man who perished in the battle. Each man’s grave is kept up and decorated. Even a portrait of their adopted soldier sits in their respective homes.

Audrey Hepburn’s Memoirs

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