Today 6-June-2013 marks the 69th anniversary of the Invasion of Normandy, commonly referred to as “D-Day“.
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II.
According to the National D-Day Memorial, Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944.
On D-Day, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France.
The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.
Please take a moment today to remember all those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms … and read more about D-Day on my U.S. First Responders Association blog post