This day is a very significant one.  It is June 6.  For 71 years ago this very day the most important battle of World War II was fought.  And after tremendous struggle and loss of life, it was won.  For oh, so many Americans and ally forces gave the “last full measure of devotion” on this day 71 years ago–there, along the now-pristine beaches of Normandy, France.  Over 4,400 men in uniform from the U.S., England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Poland and other ally nations lost their lives on this day 71 years ago.  In order to secure those beaches so we could struggle further and inland over the next year to defeat the Nazi empire and bring an end to World War II and to tyranny in Europe.

For June 6th is D-Day.

With U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower in command and codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle that began on June 6, 1944, saw some 156,000 allied forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.  Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target.  By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans.

A must-see film about D-Day is “Saving Private Ryan,” directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Matt Damon.  Visit here to learn about this “greatest of all war movies”:  Another and more in-depth film about the battle (great for its time) and showcasing half of Hollywood’s most popular film stars of the day is 1962’s “The Longest Day.”  You can read about it here:

To learn more about D-Day with great depth, detail and facts, visit here:  We are the 59 VETERANS PROJECT (, and it is our supreme honor to give a special shout-out and salute to all the veterans of World War II and D-Day.  You are noble and valiant heroes, and we live in the shadow of your bravery and devotion!

“I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
–Dwight D. Eisenhower


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