"June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which 'we will accept nothing less than full victory.'
More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe."
I have always felt that this day deserves a special remembrance. Never have I felt such a presence than when we visited these beaches and surrounding areas a few years ago. It is haunting and promising at the same time. So many lives lost on these beaches and so much freedom gained in the end.
Here are some photos from our trip to the Normandy Beaches: