Today is the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, when Allied Forces invaded Normandy, on June 6, 1944.
The price was staggering. More men died on that single day than in all of the Iraq War. But with incredible courage the Allied Forces persisted, and won an amazing victory. The victory at Normandy prepared the way for the liberation of Europe from Nazi control, and led to the end of World War II.
We gratefully remember them and their sacrifice. May we also be true as we face whatever sacrifices are required in our day to defend the great legacy of liberty we have received!
"On this day more than 70 years ago, Allied troops stormed the shores of France during World War II. We can never forget the heroism & bravery of those 160,000 troops and commanders who fought their way onto the beaches of Normandy.
"But today, we’re also celebrating the innovators behind the invasion, and one fiery Nebraskan boat builder in particular – Andrew Jackson Higgins. Learn the incredible story of the man from Columbus, NE whose ingenuity, perseverance & creativity made that landing possible."
~Senator Ben Sasse
General Eisenhower's D-Day Message
"You are about to embark upon a great crusade,
toward which we have striven these many months.
The eyes of the world are upon you.
The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you."
~General Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Roosevelt's Prayer
A Mighty Endeavor: D-Day
(with text and audio of full prayer)
"They fight not for the lust of conquest.
They fight to end conquest.
They fight to liberate."