“The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” Giving the D-Day order on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower warned that the “task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened.”
Yet we would “accept nothing less than full victory.” By dawn, 18,00 parachutist were already on the ground. By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed the enemy. It was the beginning of the end of World War II. Their road to victory was long and hard, and history will always record where that began. It started with the first footprints on the beaches of Normandy.
Today, we honor the bravery of all who were there. Many were barely more than boys when they left home. Many more gave all and will be remembered forever for their sacrifice. They’re all Our Heroes — the greatest of The Greatest Generation.