As each year passes, there are fewer living U.S. Veterans who participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. More than 73,000 American troops participated along with British, Free French and Canadian forces.

All told, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion. By nightfall, the Allied forces had gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.

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