On June 6, 1944, commonly known as D-Day, "...more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France.
More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircrafts 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. 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."
Today, we remember the WWII soldiers who bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on this day 72 years ago.