The 80th Anniversary of D-Day: Remembering and emulating our heroes

By Jim Denison, PhD - Posted at Denison Forum:

On this day in 1944, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave the go-ahead for the largest amphibious military operation in history. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northern France, is commonly known as D-Day. Some 155,000 troops successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches; within three months, the northern part of France was freed, preparing the way for the invasion force to enter Germany.

On this day, 4,414 Allied troops were killed and more than 5,000 were wounded. During the twelve-week Battle of Normandy that followed, some 73,000 were killed and 153,000 wounded.

President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will join other world leaders for today’s commemorations. Dozens of World War II veterans are expected to return to Normandy’s beaches, many perhaps for the last time.

What gave our heroes the courage to fight so sacrificially and bravely?

They were fighting for their country and for their families back home. They were fighting for freedom for all mankind. And they were fighting for each other as brothers united in the most terrifying battle of their lives.

How can their resolve strengthen our own?

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