Today marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious military operation in the history of the United States. Under the guidance of Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied forces commenced Operation Overlord, invading France’s northern coast. More than 155,000 American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, successfully pushing inland against the German forces that controlled most of mainland Europe. D-Day altered the the course of WWII and allowed for the liberation of France three months later, truly signaling the end of the lasting global conflict.
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” —
General Dwight D. Eisenhower