June 6, 1944: “Today is the day”
On June 6, 1944, the mother of Lou B.—who at the time was in military training in Massachusetts—wrote this letter capturing her reaction to the D-Day invasion. I love how the line “Today is the day.” is underlined with enthusiasm.
June 6, 1944
We got your letter today and we were very glad to hear from you.
We are all fine at home.
As we know Today is the day. The invasion has finally started. Since early this morning everyone has talked about it and heard it on the radio. Everyone is saying silent prayers that everything will turn out all right. In school today we stopped working for a few minutes to say a silent prayer. Here’s hoping that the end of the European war will be speedy.
Sidney Futterman is here in Springfield and he looks swell. He’s leaving for Cambridge tonight to see Uncle Ike.
I see my your letter that Guard Duty was in 4 so bad.
Everybody has been trying to get out to Five Mile to swim.
“The Life of Mark Twain” finished playing at the Capital 2 weeks ago so that’s one picture that’s ahead of you.
Well, that’s all for now because I have a UJX (United Jewish Youth) meeting at the Y.
Ma, Pa and Mildred
P.S. Regards to all