Today marks the 79th anniversary of D-Day, the biggest seaborne invasion in history and likely the most complex military operation of all time. Somehow, a massive invasion involving over 300,000 troops was kept secret until the moment it began on the beaches of Normandy. (Leakers were not considered heroes back then.)
Of the Allied troops who stormed the beaches or parachuted behind enemy lines, thousands were killed or injured by relentless gunfire from the entrenched German snipers’ positions. But they fought on and eventually prevailed, gaining a foothold in France and marking the turning of the tide of World War II in Europe.
Here's a good primer on how the D-Day invasion was planned and carried out, and the aftermath.
This is a report on today’s commemoration ceremony of D-Day in Normandy, France, to honor both the young soldiers who gave their lives to liberate Europe and the now-elderly surviving heroes who were able to return to honor their fallen comrades.
And some historic photos from D-Day…
Sadly, many young Americans are in danger of forgetting the incredible heroism of the troops who landed on D-Day and what they did to end the threat of Nazism because they’re not being taught accurate American history. It’s hard to push a narrative about America being an evil nation founded on nothing but racism, genocide and privilege when you have to tell students how many Americans sacrificed their lives and limbs to save people they’d never even met on the other side of the world.
The anniversary of D-Day is a reminder of what true courage really is. It’s doing the right thing, even when it requires charging head-on into the face of death. D-Day veterans often shun the title of “hero,” but nobody is more deserving of it. And nobody is more deserving of being remembered and honored long after their lives are over, and long after all of our lives are over.
To learn more about D-Day, and even more importantly, to help teach your children about it, here’s a link to the website of the National D-Day Memorial.