A day to remember.

My husband and I got to visit Normandy and we went to Omaha, Juno and Utah Beaches. We also went to the American Cemetery it was very sobering. These men and women gave their all. We need to remember them. 

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy landings, which have come to become known as D-Day. The term, D-Day, refers to the specific day on which a military combative attack or operation is set to be initiated. However since June 6, 1944 “D-Day” has been tied to the now infamous Normandy landings that initiated the Western Allies effort to liberate mainland Europe from Hitler’s reign and Nazi occupation during World War II. D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in military history, and the landings were preceded by extensive bombardment, most notably an airborne assault.

The Allied infantry began landing on the coast of France at 6:30 a.m. and by midnight over 150,000 British, US, and Canadian troops had landed in Normandy. Despite the impressive landing and large Allied force, D-Day was a massacre with about 9,000 Allied soldiers either dead or wounded. The death toll was staggering in comparison to the German forces only losing about 4,000 soldiers. Despite the growing death toll and dangerous mission, the Allied forces gained momentum soon began to expand their occupation over the coming months. Due to D-Day Allied troops began the liberation of Europe, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded the operation soon sent out a broadcast to the citizens of occupied Europe, stating, “Although the initial assault may not have been in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.”

In addition to Eisenhower’s word of comfort and promise to the people of occupied Europe, the events of D-Day inspired generals, soldiers, and U.S. Presidents and other world leaders for years to come. 

“And what a plan! This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever occurred.” — Winston Churchill


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