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Accountability – 72 Years Later.

‘Sports’ and ‘Art’ aren’t just my sole interests in life.

'The Jaws of Death' photo.
‘The Jaws of Death’ photo.

72 years ago, on this day, was labeled ‘D-Day’ and some have considered it the ‘most important day in the 20th Century.’ I read the book by Stephen Ambrose back in art school, not for a class, but for self-enrichment purposes. It remains one of my best reads, ever. It also holds a deep reminder as I keep going forward in life.


Each year of the D-Day Anniversary, I think often of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s (aka ‘Ike’), the supreme architect of ‘Operation Overlord’ (D-Day), and his ‘letter in-case of failure’, that he drafted should the invasion have failed.

'Letter in case of failure'.
‘Letter in case of failure’.

It reads:

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“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

He was so nervous he dated it July 5th, instead of June 5th. We all know what happened the next day, June 6, 1944. There was no need to use the letter.

It’s about owning up to things. As a business founder and owner, I encounter numerous who make excuse, after excuse and/or flat-out lie! If only we could all ‘take note’ of Ike’s ‘letter of failure’.

It’s about accountability.

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