World’s fate turned on June 6, 1944, D-Day
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
By Daniel Bishop
D-Day was bigger and more important than we think
Today, June 6, is the 74th anniversary of D-Day. In June 2016 just a couple weeks after the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, my wife Pat and I visited Omaha Beach where the Normandy landing took place.
It was a very sobering moment with hardly a word being spoken by all the visitors on the beach that day. If you have seen any of the Normandy documentaries, you could almost close your eyes and just see the death and destruction all around you.
That was a defining moment for our country and the free world. A moment that has been remembered, but as time goes on, will continue to slip away. Just as the signing of the treaty at Versailles that ended World War I has largely been forgotten by most Americans. They said it was “the war to end all wars,” but in 2018 we know better.
Having grown up in Bowie and attending all my years of school there, I have always had a fondness for Bowie, Montague County and the nearby communities. There is community spirit from within the town from the simple times I lived through until I left in 1965 to join the military.
I thought how did D-Day and WWII affect people of our city and county?
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Dancing to the Stars video
Eric Steinkopff and Christie Craddock perform “Made you look” at Dancing to the Stars 2023. See photos and coverage in the mid-week Bowie News. This couple won the People’s Choice Award. Please click on the red box arrow to watch this brief video.
CASA Red River plans ‘Flirty ’40s’ fundraiser for April 15
By BARBARA GREEN
Court Appointed Special Advocates celebrates their 40th anniversary serving the Red River area and will host a “Flirty ‘40s” party on April 15 at the Forum in Wichita Falls to mark the event and raise funds for the program.
The night will be filled with music from the Special Edition Band, food, desserts, a bar, prizes and casino games including poker, craps, blackjack and more. This fundraiser has been presented since 2017.
There are various sponsorship levels from platinum at $1,500 to gold at $600. General admission is $125. The party will be at the Forum. To learn more call CASA’s office at 940-766-0552 or stop by 808 Austin Street.
Proceeds go to the expenses of volunteers, office operations and essentially keeping the doors open and the volunteers on the road to help children.
CASA was established in Wichita Falls in 1983 and other communities have been added to its service area, including Montague County in 2017. CASA partnered with the Montague County Child Welfare Board several years ago to purchase a property that services as Patsy’s House in Bowie. Youngsters and their families can meet with CASA staff and law enforcement in a safe, non-threatened environment as possible abuse cases are investigated. Training also takes place in this office.
Bowie City Council to consider infrastructure work, new Selma Park host
Members of the Bowie City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on March 27 to consider a variety of topics from a Selma Park host and an infrastructure project for a new business.
A request from Public Works Director Stony Lowrance will see $25,000 from the infrastructure fund for a water line to serve the new Family Dollar/Dollar Tree store at 1601 State Highway 59.
City Manager Bert Cunningham said they will tap into an eight-inch line at Roach using a six to provide service for a new fire hydrant.
The present hydrant is on a four-inch line which is not allowed today according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Cunningham said in the future the service could tap into the larger line, but he anticipates for now it will service the fire hydrant.
Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.
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