June 6, 2014
Today, June 6, marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. There were five beaches along the 50 mile stretch of French coast that would serve as the landing point for Operation Neptune, a part of the overall invasion of Europe, Operation Overlord. More than 160,000 Allied troops landed on Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beach – collectively known as Normandy.They were supported by more than 5000 ships and 13,000 aircraft. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. So today we remember the over 12,000 soldiers who were killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy. Their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Allied soldiers to begin to the slow, hard march across Europe defeating Hitler and the Nazi army. What these brave individuals did is give us the freedoms we enjoy today. So thank a veteran. Remember his or her sacrifice.