Friday, June 6, 2014

70th Remembrance

Today. is the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy invasion known as D-Day which took place during World War II on June 6, 1944 and was among the largest amphibious assaults ever undertaken.

Hundreds of remaining  D-Day veterans and national leaders have gathered on both sides of the English Channel, to honor those who fought and remember those who died.

D-Day was not strictly a U.S. effort, but an Allied effort deploying over 150,000 soldiers, supported by many more sailors, airmen and marines, who embarked on a long-awaited invasion of occupied Europe. Although an Allied effort, U.S. forces bore the brunt of combat and the resulting sacrifice with an estimated 2,500 Americans and 3,000 other Allied troops killed on D-Day. The number of fatalities has never been determined exactly according to many historical sources.
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Within the past week there have been countless online stories and video accounts both of the events and the remembrance celebrations that have taken place. I have been reading many of these stories. 

It is important to never forget the sacrifices made for the freedom of many.

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