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The Edelweiss only grows on the steepest mountain peaks, at altitudes of 1800-3000 metres. It symbolizes purity and intense courage, due to the daunting conditions of acquiring it. The flower has been used notoriously throughout WW2 as the emblem of the Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Mountain Rangers and the 51st Bomber Wing of the Luftwaffe. Various soldiers of all armies fighting in the mountains would attempt to obtain an Edelweiss as a souvenir, which as tradition indicates would be given to a loved one as an oath of devotion.

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June 6th… a date that will live in infamy. We will never forget the sacrifices and bravery of the men who stormed Normandy that day 72 years ago. #DDay #bandofbrothers #airborne #neverforget

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