Normandy, France: We remember World War II’s D-Day 75 years ago today.
On Tuesday, June 6th, 1944, more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and 150,000 soldiers from the United States, Britain and Canada stormed the Nazi-occupied French beaches of Normandy in a surprise attack.
More than 4,000 Allied soldiers, most of them younger than 20 years old, died in the invasion.
Up to 20,000 French civilians were reportedly killed in the bombings.
More than 4,000 German troops died, and ultimately, the invasion is credited with changing the course of the war and pushing Nazi troops back to Germany.
According to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the ‘D’ in D-Day simply stands for ‘day.’ The term D-Day is used to identify the start date of a military invasion.
According to projections by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, about 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII were still living as of September 2018. An estimated 348 WWII veterans die every day in the United States, and in a decade from now, it’s estimated that fewer than 20,000 WWII veterans will remain.
As we remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day, may we all give thanks to all of our troops veterans and hero’s of the greatest generation.
Thank you for stepped up and taking down evil to protect people’s freedoms.
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