The meaning of D-Day for democracy today

Landing at Omaha Beach (photo: USCG)

D-day, the Allied invasion of Europe to liberate it from Nazi control, was a defining moment for democracy, one that sometimes seems clearer and more sure in each passing year. It seems our fractured and confused present sends us in search of the moral clarity that moment in June 1944 seems to offer.

While Allied soldiers stormed the beaches, the US had an important message for the public and the world: the system the soldiers would fight for aspired to genuine fairness.

Yes, it was war. But for democracy to be worth fighting for, it had to be fair. Fair for those doing the fighting, and fair for those on the home front. With that in mind, found among the hours of audio broadcasts from those fateful days, an important message was broadcast to the world about fairness in the military. Have a listen…