A new day dawns over Europe! The "impenetrable" Atlantic Wall has been breached by the mightiest invasion force ever assembled!
Knock, knock, Adolph! Wake up and enjoy the sweet sounds of the Overlord Overture.
In what has to be the greatest assembly of land, air, and sea ever seen a new front has been opened up in Europe, breaking through some of history's most formidable fortifications. The next day Rome fell to the allied advance up the Boot. As the battle moves to the hedgerows we can finally see the last throes of the Reich. This time, rest assured, we'll all be home for Christmas.
June 6th was a monumental day, but it was not a day without loss. Many lost their lives on these bloody beaches or among the horror of the hedgerows. Others have suffered grevous injuries. We met many such men in our morale visit to the hospitals, men like Seargeant Dinunzio of the 8th Infantry who strode ashore at Utah Beach with General Roosevelt and lost a leg near St. Mere Eglise. For all of them, the wounded and the dead, we give our eternal thanks.
In memory of this momentous day I call up an old friend and musical master, the great Wesley Tuttle, who reminds us that the sacrifices we make are necessary in his seminal "Smoke on the Water":
Such is the hard cost of our necessary crusade, but in the end, as the lovely Vaughn Monroe reminds us, The Lights Will Go On Again All Over the World:
So carry forth, men and women, soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, Americans, British, Canadians, Indians, Aussies, Kiwis, Russians, Czechs, Poles, French, Dutch, Belgians, Norwegians and so many others, all united in the great cause of Liberty. We at the Cabaret salute you.
Drinks are on us:
First round, the Black Stripe, inspired for tonight by the black and white stripes the allied aircraft now sport, a drink perfect for warming your chileld bones after a long, cold flight in a Fortress or Lancaster:
Black Stripe Cocktail:
Pour molassass or honey and rum into an Irish Coffee mug. Twist a lemon slice or peel over the rum and drop into glass. Top off glass with hot water. Garnish with a cinamon stick. [image from getfrank.co.nz]
Next, in keeping with the dawning of Liberty in Europe, the Golden Dawn:
Golden Dawn Cocktail:
Shake over ice, strain into a cocktail glass. [image from the Utah Mixologist blog]