Wednesday, June 6, 2012

68th Anniversary of D-Day

The Allied invasion at Normandy, on June 6, 1944, was a pivotal event in World War II and paved the way for the end of the war in Europe.

Today is the 68th Anniversary of D-Day, which resulted in the deaths of 9,000 Americans -- an enormous number for only one day in all of World War II.

"You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months," Said General Dwight D. Eisenhower to the troops just before the invasion. "The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world."

"I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory."

You can find some great information commemorating this important day in world history here, including photos, maps, and audio of General Eisenhower's address to the troops.

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