D-Day 67 years ago

Tomorrow is June 6, 2011 which marks the 67 year anniversary of the Normany France landing called D-Day. There were 160,000 Allied troops that landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline. This all out assault on Nazi Germany started on the beaches of Normandy, France. The attack brought more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft in full support the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. Whenever there is a war action there is a cost and there was a high cost for the action started on June 6 as there are more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded. There were more than 100,000 Soldiers that started that D-Day as that march across Europe was a major key to the allied victory and the end of the German occupations. The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history. The beaches at Normandy are still referred to on maps and signposts by their invasion codenames. There are several vast cemeteries in the area. The American cemetery, in Colleville-sur-Mer, contains row upon row of identical white crosses and Stars of David, immaculately kept, commemorating the American dead. Commonwealth graves, in many locations, use white headstones engraved with the person’s religious symbol and their unit insignia. There is a special person that can be part of such a mission and history should never forget the sacrifice of those who came before us and served with honor.

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