73 years ago today, thousands of American soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy along with Allied forces in one of the most crucial battles of World War II. Less than a year later, the Allied forces would claim victory in Europe and those who fought would come to be known as the Greatest Generation.
Thousands of American soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, which was an assault on multiple parts of a miles long beach in Northern France. Thousands lost their lives over the next days and months of battling the Germany military on these beaches. The Battle of Normandy lasted two months, and came to be known as the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.
D-Day, as it is remembered as now, represents American fortitude and enduring courage in the most trying times. It serves as a humbling and inspiring reminder that freedom is not easily won but patriots exist to defend it. We must honor the men who stormed Normandy, and their brothers and sisters in arms with civic engagement, and fighting for our veterans when they return home.