was the beginning of the end of World War II. Once the Allied Forces secured
the beaches of Normandy, the writing was on the wall for the Axis in Europe.
began on June 6, 1944. Today is the 75th anniversary of what we know as D-Day.
At sunrise that Tuesday morning the anticipated landing on the coast of France
took place. Within a year, the war in Europe was over.
was the largest seaborne invasion in history with nearly 160,000 troops
crossing the English Channel that day. The Allied causalities reached 10,000
that first day with nearly 4500 confirmed deaths. It took eight days before the
Allied Forces finally secured a connected line amongst the five beaches, giving
them a front 60 miles long and 15 miles inland.
invasion, led by Kansan Dwight Eisenhower, was originally going to be on June 5
but was postponed one day due to high winds and high seas that would make
landing even more difficult.
there, the Allied Forces were able to establish a Western Front against Adolph
Hitler and the Nazis. France was liberated a couple months later. By early 1945
the Allied Forces were in Germany and on May 8 of that year, Germany
War II came to an end later that summer when Japan surrendered on Sept. 2.
We should never reach a point we take this day for granted. It is among the most important dates in the history of the free world.
Barton Athlete/Coach update
of our favorite former Barton coaches here at At the Mike is Steve Forbes. This
fall will mark the fifth season for Forbes as the head men’s basketball coach
at East Tennessee State. In his previous four seasons, the Buccaneers have won
at least 24 games in each season. His 4-year total is 100-39.
that time, he has not shied away from playing some of the ‘big boys’. The list
of places he has taken his Bucs include Rupp Arena in Kentucky, at Xavier, at Illinois,
at Mississippi State, and at Tennessee. He even got a return trip from
Tennessee as the Vols went to East Tennessee State a couple years back.
year, he gets to play at the most historic setting of all of them – and it’s a
return trip home of sorts. You see Forbes and his ETSU team will be playing at
The Phog this upcoming season. East Tennessee will travel to Lawrence to take
on KU on November 19. In addition to his coaching time at Barton, he spent a
few seasons as an assistant at Wichita State and has recruited the state
tirelessly at times.
you remember Forbes also spent time at Texas A&M as an assistant so he has
been on the sidelines at Allen Fieldhouse, just not roaming them as a head
like to wish Steve good luck on his trip to Allen Fieldhouse. I’d like to but
only to a certain extent.
sometimes I don’t think very well. Perhaps forget things for a brief moment.
Surely, I can’t be the only one that does this.
in point was the past few days.
see, I knew my anniversary was Tuesday. Talked about it in the days leading up
to it. In fact, talked about it on Sunday with Crystal and Katelyn as well as Donovan,
who was over that day.
and Donovan even left shopping, then went to the basement and Crystal and I
were told to stay upstairs. They eventually emerged with a nice large frame
with several family pictures as an anniversary gift. Great gift.
I was aware my anniversary was Tuesday. Really.
a bit later while I was grilling hamburgers, Roger Ward gives me a call. Tells
me Tuesday night’s home game for the Bat Cats was Great Bend Bomber youth
baseball night. Ask if I might be interested in setting up my shaved ice tent.
not a problem. I can’t think of anything I have going on Tuesday.
hang up, we eat and about an hour later my brain goes ‘ding-ding’.
was no getting around it. I thought about it for a bit then just decide I had
to confess. So I do. I get some ribbing from all three. But what’s done is
Tuesday night, Crystal and I spent our anniversary at Al Burns Field with
shaved ice at a Bat Cats game.
really, what big plans can you have on a Tuesday night? Right? Right? Is
anybody with me on this?
did live to see the day after my anniversary. And the Bat Cats won.
now I think I have to make it up to her this weekend. I think that means going
to see John Wick 3 I believe it is. She loves the first two movies. I think she
might have a crush on Keanu Reeves. I bet he has lapses of memory as well.
I have been in the same room while the first two John Wick’s have played on TV
multiple times. But I really can’t tell you much about them except lots of
people end up dying.
wonder how dim the light gets on the phone. Maybe if I turn it all the way dim
and hide it off to the side I can keep track of the Hunter Huntsmen, my fantasy
baseball team, while I’m at the movie.
Maybe she won’t notice. Or maybe I end up like some of John Wick’s adversaries. Hmmm.
Mike Marzolf is a guest columnist for the Great Bend Tribune and his views don’t necessarily reflect those of the paper. He can be reached at MarzolfM@bartonccc.edu.