66 years ago today, an army of young men parachuted, shelled, and rode small boats on to a beach on the coast of France. Though we had officially entered the war 3 years prior, the invasion of Normandy on D-Day marked the point in the war where we truly went on the offensive against Nazi Germany.
66 years later, the Normandy landings, the subsequent battles, and even the men that fought them have been granted a kind of immortality through their depictions in countless media from the big screen to HBO. And yet I find each year we have a few less men that stood in those boats, or felt their boots hit the soil of France from a parachute; and I believe that we are made poorer by the loss of those men.
D-Day doesn’t recieve the same recognition as Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day, but in many ways is more culturally significant to the life we now enjoy. If you are so lucky as to know a veteran of Normandy, thank them today.