The codename Operation Overlord became known as the beginning of the end of World War II. Following the Battle of Normandy, which began on June 6, 1944, along a 50 mile stretch of beaches, including Utah and Omaha Beach, the attack became known as D-Day.
While there are many explanations for the name, one reason may be due to the military countdown to the designated day and hour of the assault. D represented Day and H represented Hour in the military.
The battle liberated Northern France with more than 160,000 Allied troops from Britain, the United States and Canada under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower. The troops manned more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft the day of the initial landing.
More than 75 years after the end of World War II, these memories remain fresh to veterans and families alike. The rest of us look to their legacy and the rich history of events told through museums and memorials.
There is not a more important time than today for us to remember and honor them as we reflect on D-Day, June 6, 1944.