On this day in 1944 troops from Britain, Canada and the United States stormed the beaches in Normandy, France in an effort to liberate the French and eventually defeat Germany in WWII.
The Battle of Normandy lasted from June 1944 to August 1944 with over 2500 American casualties on D-Day alone. The allies won the Battle of Normandy and liberated France, dealing a significant blow to Germany and Hitler by removing his ability to build his troops in France to face the advancing Soviets.
Germany surrendered World War II on May 8th, 1945. D-Day played a pivotal part in American history, as well as European and world history as the beginning of a battle that would turn the tide of the war to the allies.
Today, we should remember the brave men that fought for what they believed in without fear of death, and without expecting anything in return except to secure the values we still hold so high.