On this day in 1944, approximately 2,500 Allied soldiers lost their lives as the invasion of Normandy began. I have twice visited the beaches at Omaha and Utah, the bombed out batteries at Pointe du Hoc, and the graves at Colville-sur-Mer. I still marvel at the bravery of landing against the withering machine gun fire.
It should be remembered that there were German soldiers who did not believe in the Third Reich and Poles forced by the Germans to fight in Ost battalions against the Allies. Many of them were also killed.
For those who gave their lives for the freedom of others, may their memory be eternal.