June 6, 1944 was an important day in the history of the free world.
About 155,000 soldiers, 5,000 ships and landing craft, 50,000 vehicles and 11,000 planes were massed for the greatest seaborne invasion in history targeting 80 kilometres of mostly flat, sandy beach along the Normandy coast, west of the Seine River, east of the jutting Cotentin Peninsula. The beaches were code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and finally Sword Beach. As a child of Holocaust survivors, I have always looked upon this day as the beginning of the end of tragic human suffering for my parents, as well as for countless millions of others. There is an international movement to designate the D-Day beaches of Normandy as a UNESCO heritage site. Unfortunately, the number of required signatures needed for this designation has only reached the half way mark. Another obstacle has now been added by a French government proposal to build 75 wind turbines offshore which will obscure the view from the beaches. It will totally wreck any chance for UNESCO designation. How can UNESCO be asked to designate the beaches as a protected site if wind-farms are built just off-shore?” An online petition is being circulated. I am asking those who feel strongly about the need to protect our history and the memory of those who perished on the beaches of Normandy to visit the website to sign the petition to Designate the Beaches as a UNESCO Heritage Site.