Why Do We Observe D-Day?

D-Day is celebrated in remembrance of a military operation on June 6, 1944. This operation combined the land, air, and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest amphibious invasion in military ahistory.

The operation, given the codename OVERLORD, delivered five naval assault divisions to the beaches of Normandy, France.

Also known as Operation Neptune, D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Beginning shortly after midnight on the morning of June 6, there was extensive aerial and naval bombardment as well as an airborne assault. 24,000 AmericanBritish, and Canadian airborne troops landed on the beach at Normandy.

The aerial assault was closely followed by Allied amphibious landings on the coast of France as men landed under heavy fire from the entrenched German forces. Not only was there heavy artillery, but the beach was boobytrapped with Stakes, barbed wire and deadly mines, so the early allied forces raced to almost certain death. By the end of the first day, almost 160,000 troops had crossed the English Channel and at least 10,000 of them died on D-Day.

D-Day was the beginning of the liberation of France and the rest of Western Europe. It laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

We celebrate D-Day to remember the sacrifices made by the Allie’s forces on that day as soldiers freely risked their lives for freedom.

Trivia: Another patriotic date to note close to D-Day— The Bill of Rights was proposed by James Madison on June 8, 1789.

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