June 5, 1944
Overnight a military armada and more than 156,000 troops cross the English Channel. Minesweepers go ahead to clear the waters in preparation for the more than 2,300 landing crafts that will be carrying men, vehicles and supplies.
June 6, 1944
By 6:30 am troops begin coming ashore, on the beaches of Normandy; France the battle for the liberation of Europe had begun.
June 6, 2014
Today we commemorate the courage, the innovation, and the blood spilled on those beaches, as more than 9,300 U.S. servicemen died in the D-Day invasion or subsequent missions. Many of them were laid to rest at the American Cemetery in Normandy overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. This morning take a moment to pray for those who were lost, the victory that was won, and the veterans of that day 70 years ago who are still with us who make up the “Greatest Generation.”