This day is one of those days in history which should never be forgotten. 63 years ago, hundreds of thousands of brave individuals coordinated their efforts to deal a knockdown blow to totalitarian fascism. Many died in training for the invasion of Normandy. Many more died in the first few moments of the invasion. And many more gave their lives in the days, weeks, and months which followed. They gave their lives so that we could be free.
Three years ago, I had the distinct honor and privilege to wear the uniform of my country on the 60th anniversary of D-Day. It was at annual training for my National Guard unit, part of the 116th regiment of the 29th Infantry division. Men who had served in this unit on D-Day faced perhaps the most hellish fighting and highest casualties of the entire invasion, Omaha beach.
The painting above, "29, Let's Go!" by James Dietz, shows the 29th in action on D-Day. For those who may be interested, D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, and The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw are well done examinations of the invasion.