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This Week in News: 6/6/19

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In this episode of Retrotone News, Rodge delivers a heartfelt update on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day including the stirring commemoration by our world leaders and over 300 veterans that took place in Portsmouth, England. Bigsby wraps up this news minute with some uplifting headlines on the environmental efforts of Iron Man and a German Circus’ high-tech attempts to end animal cruelty. It’s one for the books, folks!

RETROTONE NEWS

Episode 22: June 6, 2019

TITLE: This Week in News: 6/6/19

HEADLINE: Make Way for 3D Elephants, Iron Man’s Master Plan and a Hefty Box of Tissues!

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: (See Below)

INTRO

Here is a snappy summary of the news – a weekly digest of the latest events and happenings at home and abroad. I’m your host, Rodge Bigsby and this is your Retrotone News Minute!

Greetings Mr. & Mrs. America and all the paratroopers of Normandy. Ready the bazookas!

Optional: This episode is dedicated in memoriam to the more than 13,000 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who made night parachute drops early on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

1) ON WORLD NEWS…

Just after the stroke of midnight on June 6, 1944, US, Canadian and British allied forces stormed the Beaches of Normandy as part of the surge to bring an end to the second world war in Europe. This was known the world around as D-Day.

Five assault groups set sail under darkness in an armada of about 7,000 vessels with more than 5,300 tonnes of bombs dropping through the night sky. The invasion of Normandy lasted many weeks with an eventual surrender by Germany to the French capital on June 30, 1944. But the allies paid the ultimate price... Heavy losses. Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing, with over 209,000 Allied casualties and nearly 37,000 dead amongst the ground forces.

Today, on the 75th Anniversary of this tragic but triumphant wartime milestone, we remember those who fought and died for the world’s freedom. D-day veterans, world leaders, and citizens around the globe took part in emotional ceremony this week, honoring the men and women who participated in what is still the largest naval, air and land operation in history.

Across the Atlantic, President Trump, Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth were among 16 world leaders who attended events to mark the anniversary of the allied invasion of northern France. The ceremony was a stirring commemoration as dignitaries met and shook the hands of some of the 300 surviving veterans in attendance – who took part in the effort to liberate France from Nazi tyranny. (Weave in “Taps” over the war-time sounds, battle sounds and march music)

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2) IN UPLIFTING NEWS… MAKE OUR EARTH CLEAN AGAIN

IF ANYONE CAN DO IT, IRON MAN CAN! Robert Downey Jr. has vowed to use robotics and AI to significantly clean up the Earth in the next decade

During Amazon's brand new, premier, open-to-the-public conference in Las Vegas, entitled “Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space” (a.k.a. MARS) — in a room filled with AI legends, astronauts, and other dignitaries — Downey presented his master plan as the keynote speaker. The 54-year old actor doesn't just PRETEND to be a brilliant scientist in the Iron Man series… he’s actually using robotics, artificial intelligence, and technology to clean up the Earth. This new effort to reduce our carbon footprint has been dubbed the “Footprint Coalition.” Now this is something we can all MARVEL at!

3) IN MORE UPLIFTING NEWS

World’s First 3D Hologram Circus Fights Animal Cruelty

A circus in Germany is being praised for its decision to stop using live animals in its shows and combat animal cruelty in the industry by using holograms instead. Circus Roncalli became the first in the world to incorporate magnificent 3D holograms of animals in their show. The circus has been in business since 1976 but decided to stop using live animals. Now instead, in the midst of acrobats and magicians, are glittering, giant projections of elephants, horses and fish. Now THIS turns the greatest show on Earth to the kindest one ever done. Why even the great Zuchinni Spumini be proud!

4) BIGSBY’S WAR-TIME POETRY (Re-title)
We close today’s news with the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from his radio address to the nation on the eve of D-Day just 75 years ago, entitled "Let Our Hearts Be Stout.”

“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. (PAUSE) They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.”

5) SIGN OFF STATEMENT:

And that's one for the Republic! I'm your host Rodge Bigsby and this has been news from Retrotone, a service of Evergreen Podcasts.

Until next time… make a good day!

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EPISODE DESCRIPTION:

In this episode of Retrotone News, Rodge delivers a heartfelt update on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day including the stirring commemoration by our world leaders and over 300 veterans that took place in Portsmouth, England. Bigsby wraps up this news minute with some uplifting headlines on the environmental efforts of Iron Man and a German Circus’ high-tech attempts to end animal cruelty. It’s one for the books, folks!



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