"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 to defeat Hitler." - Army.mil
I can't imagine the horror, the pain, the total and utter destruction that they witnessed and experienced as they landed on the beaches or dropped out of airplanes and started on their march across Europe.
I am very thankful for their bravery and for all that they sacrificed to fight for liberty.
If you know a WWII vet, hug them today and tell them thank you. They don't hear it often enough.