June 6, 1944 D-Day Landing at Normandy
Today is the 64th anniversary of that fateful day.
In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Americans received word that three years of concerted war efforts had finally culminated in D-day--military jargon for the undisclosed time of a planned British, American, and Canadian action. During the night, over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. The goal of every soldier and civilian involved in that effort was to drive the German military back to Berlin by opening a western front in Europe.
I happened to come across the second picture, and it reminded me of the iconic image from the D-Day landing. Across more than half a century, another American soldier who fell in the struggle to defeat tyranny.