Seventy-one years ago today Allied troops led by General Dwight D. Eisenhower landed on five beaches along the coast of France's Normandy region. "D-Day" marked the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party.
The invasion, involved 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces, with the American forces facing heavy resistance at Omaha Beach. Our American troops suffered over 2,000 casualties on June 6. President Franklin D. Roosevelt led the nation in prayers as he said, "Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."
As a nation, we refer to the men and women who saved the world during World War II as the "Greatest Generation." We can never thank our veterans enough for their service and sacrifices, but we can honor them each and every day by paying tribute to them.
Especially today, take a minute and thank a veteran, regardless of when they served, for protecting our freedom and for the sacrifices they make. And while you are at it, tell them we are united in fighting to ensure that they receive every benefit which our country has promised.
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