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6.6.12-D-DayToday, Thursday, marks the 69th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Adolph Hitler’s Fortress Europe and the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany’s domination of the continent.

Better known as “D-Day,” it was the largest amphibious assault in the history of the world. It involved more than 5,000 ships and the landing of more than 160,000 troops on the beaches of Normandy, France.

The ultimate success of D-Day — which was by no means certain at the time — allowed the Allies to establish a foothold in western Europe, as well as relieve pressure on the Soviet Union, which was engaged in a titanic struggle with Nazi forces on the Eastern Front that dwarfed anything in the western theater of operations.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the fate of the world was in the balance that day nearly seven decades ago when Allied forces stormed the Nazi-occupied beaches of Normandy.

Today let us all give thanks for the triumph of D-Day and remember those braveDDayInvasionMapNormandy-vi souls whose valiant efforts helped make the ultimate victory over Nazi Germany possible.

My father and uncle participated in the invasion and are no longer with us but I know they continue to watch of us from their posts in the sky!

God bless and may you and all of those to whom you are connected to have your best day!