Seventy-five years ago today, on Tuesday, 6 June 1944, allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to push Nazi forces from France in the largest amphibious assault ever launched. France. Gen. 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, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high, sadly more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.
This morning, June 6, 2019, US President Donald Trump, along with other world leaders, was in attendance during a ceremony in northern France to commemorate the D-Day landings. Also in attendance are 173 US World War II veterans, including 65 who were there on D-Day.
“You are the glory of our republic and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” Trump said in remarks at the Normandy American Cemetery in northern France.
This day and the sacrifice made by all of those brave soldiers will never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts.