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65th Anniversary of "D-Day"

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  • 65th Anniversary of "D-Day"

    On 6 June 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory."

    More than 195,700 Allied Naval personnel, 5,000 Ships and 13,000 Aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end on June 6th, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Normandy.

    The D-Day cost was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe which ultimately lead to Hitler's defeat.

    I am so grateful to those who have answered the call to military service and willingly put their lives at great risk, many giving their lives, so that we could enjoy our freedoms today.

    To all who served in the Armed Forces, and to those that are serving today, I extend my most sincere thanks.

    For more detailed information about D-Day, go to:


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    "Respect the ground, respect the drum, respect each other."

    --Abe Conklin, Ponca/Osage (1926-1995)

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