Today is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy known as D-Day. Very seldom in history is there a victory as decisive as the Allied invasion of northern France on June 6, 1944.
Though this surprise attack cost Allied troops over 9,000 wounded or dead, it opened up the continent for a steady march inland, thus breaking up the Nazi forces.
Over 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships were involved in this massive attack.
One of the Home's veterans was stationed in southern England on this fateful day.
"I remember seeing the lights," he recalled. "War is not pretty."
No, it isn't. In today's glamorized movies and heroic portrayals, it's easy to forget just how hideous a thing war is.
But other than being a massive surprise invasion, what was so important about D-Day? Well, to say it succinctly, without D-Day, Allied forces wouldn't have had an edge into the European continent, and could have easily lost the war. If you want more details, check out this article.
For many people, June 6 slips by like the ever-flowing current of days, quietly and quickly. But for veterans and for those of us who appreciate the difference this day made in history, this day makes us appreciate again the cost of freedom.