“It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.”
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
President Barack Obama, on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day
Today marks seventy-nine years since the Allied Invasion of Normandy, France. The largest seaborne invasion in history, with a force of over 350,000 troops and naval personnel. It began the liberation of France and laid the foundation for Allied victory in the Western Front.
It remains a defining battle in U.S. military history and has been a part of the public consciousness for these past seventy-nine years. Rightly so, as the fight those troops engaged in is still raging.
Though World War II is long over, we’re still fighting fascism. We’re fighting actual Nazis and Neo- Nazis. We’re fighting against the truth that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Fighting those that would use might to define what is right and to exclude those they disagree with, disapprove of, and simply dislike from equality, justice, and fraternity.
We honor the sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price those seventy-nine years ago. We will not forget them. And we will continue their fight.