This amazing cartoon is called “What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? A Tribute.” It’s an animated television special based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It originally aired on the CBS network one week before the 39th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.
Schulz noted the passing of Veteran’s Day many times in the Peanuts comic strip beginning in 1969. Usually, these strips were created to appear in newspapers on Veteran’s Day (November 11), but occasionally they appeared at other times of the year, possibly to show that veterans should be honored every day of the year.
About the D-Day invasion, he said:
“I think any sensible person with a grasp of history would have to admit that D-Day was the most important day of our century. Without D-Day, it’s possible that Europe could have remained for another 25 or 50 years in darkness. I’m glad I wasn’t there, and yet my admiration for the people who were knows no bounds.”
Charles M. Schulz, 1999
The video shows only a part of the entire show. After Omaha Beach, they get lost and find themselves on the first world war battlefields near Ypres where the story about the red Poppies is explained.
The full special is available for purchase on iTunes together with You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown and He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown, and is now available on DVD in the Peanuts Emmy Honored Collection.