By the time many of you read this our flag will be proudly waving at our house in memory of D-Day.
June 6, 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history.
The combined forces of Britain, America, Canada and France were estimated at 156,000 troops and hit the beaches of Normandy.
Planning for the air and land assault began in 1943.
The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment.
That was preceded by landing 24,000 British and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight.
Despite less than perfect weather conditions, General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the order to proceed.
The target, a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast, was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.
Casualties were heaviest at Omaha with its tall cliffs.
The beaches were marred with all kinds of obstacles including mines, barbed wire, and wooden stakes.
There was a movie made about the Normandy landing in 1962 called The Longest Day.
The academy award winning film chronicled some of the most of the important events surrounding D-Day, including the British glider missions to secure the Pegasus Bridge, the counterattacks launched by American paratroopers scattered around Sainte-Mère-Église, the infiltration and sabotage work conducted by the French resistance and SOE agents.
The invasion lasted for the next 24 days and proved to be a turning point in the Allies’ victory over Germany.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who fought that day and the 10,000 Allied casualties that included 4,414 confirmed dead.
According to historical references the Allies didn’t achieve any of their goals the first day but persevered, finally linking all five beaches by June 12.