On June 6, 1944, 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. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -- more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
Every year, French towns and citizens invite the U.S. military to participate in the numerous D-Day related ceremonies and commemorations in Normandy, France. This year, 300 men and women from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force will be involved in activities open to the public from June 3 to 7. All are invited to come and be a part of these memorials and remember the sacrifices made to defeat tyranny.