“The Eyes of the World Are Upon You.”
Remembering those who gave the full measure of devotion 70 years ago
|The Normandy American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, was established on June 8, 1944, as the first U.S. cemetery in Europe during World War II. It holds the graves of more than 9,300 U.S. servicemen who died in the D-Day invasion or subsequent missions.|
[June 6, 2014] … 70 years ago today several thousand brave heroes laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. The numbers have never been conclusive, but it is estimated that somewhere between 4,000 – 9,000 were killed on June 6, 1944. This day, however, was only the beginning of the Battle of Normandy, which ultimately would take the lives of thousands more. Some report that more the 425,000 souls were lost by the time the Battle of Normandy concluded over 2 1/2 months later. Heroes, all, who gave their last moments of life to secure allied freedom. They did not die in vain. It is believed that the Battle of Normandy turned the tide of the war and led to its ultimate end and allied victory.
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“During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.”
Many of us here at Varsity Facility Services have special connections to this historic day because we have grandparents, uncles, aunts, and perhaps even fathers, who were either there on D-Day, on the beaches of Normandy, or were involved in the subsequent conflicts.
Those heroic men and women who survived will never forget this day and the following weeks 70 years ago. We, their posterity, know the impact this had on them. Their lives were changed forever. The world was changed forever.
We encourage freedom-loving citizens everywhere to take a moment to offer some expression of gratitude to those who died and those who live to ensure our freedoms.
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