On this day in 1944, Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II.
By 6:30 AM on this day the invasion began with 18,000 parachutists approaching ground, 6000 landing crafts and ships with 176,000 soldiers aboard approaching shore, and 822 aircraft circling the Nazi-controlled beaches.
Gold, Juno and Sword beaches were not problem for the British and Canadians to capture as was Utah beach for the Americans. However, Omaha beach was a whole other story, where the Allies had to fight the majority of the enemy.
By days end, 155,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers has successfully taken the beaches at Normandy. The D-Day invasion was a turning point in World War II, cracking Hitler's western front as the Soviet troops made advances in the east. Overall at least 4,400 Allied troops were killed the first day, and many thousands more in the ensuing three-month Battle of Normandy, which brought the Allies to Paris to liberate the French capital from Nazi occupation.
The Americans, with the help of the Allied powers stormed the beaches at Normandy and forced Hitler's forces to flee back to Paris where we eventually overcame the Nazi's.
Liberty and freedom were painted on those beaches with the red stain of American blood.
America needs to continue to be a force for liberty and freedom in the world as we were on that day. We need to draw strength from that moment and beat back the forces of tyranny wherever they lie today. Forces of oppression are always lurking and scheming, and we need to be ready as these brave men and women were in this great day that shall live in infamy.
God Bless America!