Operation Overlord or D-Day, June 6, 1944
Today, 68 years ago, a 5000 vessel armada stretched as far as the eye could see. It transported over 150,000 men and nearly 30,000 vehicles across the English Channel to the French beaches of Normandy.
Six parachute regiments, over 13,000 men, were flown from nine British airfields in over 800 planes. More than 300 planes dropped 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy immediately in advance of the invasion.
Allied land forces that saw combat in Normandy on D-Day itself came from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. The landings took place along a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sections: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
Take a moment today to remember the sacrifices made this day 68 years ago.
"Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)