HISTORY IS COOL: 80 years ago

June 9, 1944

D-Day prayers

Residents of this village spent many hours in the churches on D-Day. Church bells were tolled at 8:45 a.m. announcing the invasion, and services were held while many dropped in to say a prayer or light a candle throughout the day.

Pupils arriving at Lake Placid High School were directed through the public address system to observe a minute of silence before their classes, and church services were announced at the school for 12:30 p.m. at the St. Agnes, St. Eustace, Nazarene, Pilgrim Holiness and Community churches as well as at the synagogue. Services were also held at St. Agnes and St. Eustace at 7:30 p.m. A service was conducted in the Lake Placid Club chapel at 10 a.m.

D-Day editorial

The long anticipated D-Day has come and gone. We have now settled down to the cold, calm reaction. Faces and spirits of sober thinkers are not relaxed or relieved. Instead, both are a bit grim. Those who thrust out their chins and grit their teeth when they have hearty tasks to perform are doing just that right now.

D-Day brought the war home to us more decisively than anything which has as yet happened. It appealed to the imagination and we could trace the great crossing and landing on the map so it registered through the visual. Every American from now on should want to work and work hard at whatever he may be doing to carry on his part of keep pace with the boys who are beating their way through horrible conditions to reach their goal — for us. If there are slackers among us, now they deserve a penalty and should not be recognized by their neighbors and friends. Strikers and laggards should face a firing squad.

Though reports had it that we encountered little resistance on the first day, the battles will pick up in horror, power and scope as our forces press inward. There is little cause for jubilation. Some persons misunderstood the request that church bells be rung on the morning of D-Day. The idea was not one of jubilation, and there was no jubilation.

The bell tolling was to call those who wished to come to their respective houses of worship to pray for their loved ones and for the successful outcome of the efforts of the boys who went forward on D-Day.

Canine warrior

Blitz, owned by Arthur June, became the first of Lake Placid’s canine warriors to arrive back in town with a full honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. Many more will arrive here shortly and dog owners think this is general demobilization of the WAGS.

Blitz, a husky, arrived here Monday and showed results of the excellent care and conditioning he had received with the canine corps.

The honorable discharge, believed to be the first of its kind to be received here, reads as follows: “The War Dogs — Blitz, Tattoo Post 537, having served with the Armed Forces of the United States of America, is hereby awarded this certificate of faithful service and honorable discharge. Signed, James J. Patnode, 1st Lt., Q.M.C., Canine Director.”

Blitz was inducted June 13, 1943. This summer, he will run with Natalie Jubin’s dog team.

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