A Positively Peaceful Way to a Better America
By David Lee Smith, Ph.D
This year’s commemoration marked fully three-quarters of a century since the actual invasion, carried out largely by American, British, and Canadian forces. It’s hardly excessive to maintain that, despite two months of fierce fighting – we tend to refer to the battle as D-Day, as if victory had been ours within a single 24-hour period – the victory over the German enemy by Allied forces in France ultimately led to the final defeat of Hitler’s storm troopers in the European theater.
Volumes have, of course, already been written about D-Day, and many more will materialize as time goes on. (The only meaning for “D-Day” was as a term to confuse the Germans. “Operation Overlord,” was the official name used by General Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill, et al vis-à-vis the invasion.)
The Numbers Tell Much of the Story
Nevertheless, the key facts that remain most significant to the event, include the June 6, 1944 date, which was actually delayed by 24 hours due inclement weather. By dawn of June 6th, however, thousands of paratroopers and glider pilots had made their way behind enemy lines. And at about 6:30 a.m. the battle began in earnest when the first of 156,000 Allied troops began storming five beaches on the Normandy coast.
Code named Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches, three were primarily under the purview of the Canadians in the Allied contingent. The other two code-named beaches, Utah and Omaha beaches, eventually fell to American forces, despite being far better fortified by the Germans than the other three. After weeks of fighting along the Normandy coast, ultimately involving the landing of about 850,000 troops and 150,000 vehicles, the Germans had clearly lost this massive battle.
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The Big War’s Turning Point
In the months that followed, the Germans were pushed back steadily from their prior European conquests. On May 8, 1945 they finally surrendered. The Japanese followed in August, and the world, certainly including America, settled into a period of relative tranquility.
So while D-Day played a key role in changing the world and benefitting our nation 75 years ago, we all know by now that there are far more civilized ways to enhance America than through participation in bloody battles. For instance, as we at American Values Investments have maintained for some time now, our type of investing – wherein we search carefully for companies that are noteworthy for their adherence to positive values – can make a positive impact toward meaningfully enhancing America.
A Peaceful Way to Benefit America
Referred to by a variety of monikers, including Socially-Responsible Investing, we at AVI adhere to a special approach to SRI: Unlike most of our peers, we don’t limit ourselves to discarding “negative” companies – munitions or tobacco products manufacturers, for instance. Rather, we seek out corporations in which the manifestation of positive values is sine qua non.
Recently we published a booklet containing 18 examples of our approach. Entitled American Values at Work, it’s available at a cost of next to nothing through a simple contact with Amazon.