On June 6, 1944, one of the largest maritime invasions in history took place on the shores of Normandy, France. On this day, 160,000 Western Allied forces came ashore in a massive effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation in World War II. 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 to defeat Hitler.
Between this date and the end of June 1944, more than 850,000 troops would cross the English Channel from the United Kingdom to Normandy. In addition to forces from the United States and the United Kingdom, Canada and the French underground supplied troops for the initial invasion. In the weeks following, troops from Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece & the Netherlands also took part in the effort to drive the Nazis back to Germany. In addition, these countries provided air and naval support, as did the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The Normandy invasion was ultimately successful in liberating Western Europe from the Nazis, but that success came at the cost of great personal sacrifice by the Allied troops who fought and died for that liberation. On June 6th, please fly Old Glory to honor their noble sacrifice. For God & Country!