The 73rd Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion
Today is the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. On June 6, 1944, American, British and Canadian military forces launched Operation Overlord, the codename for the largest amphibious invasion in world history. Allied forces landed on 5 different beachheads along Normandy, France. This campaign would be the beginning of the end of WWII.
A total of 160,000 Allied troops landed at Normandy, including 73,000 Americans. By the end of D-Day, 6,603 American soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in action.
One of our former church members at CDBC, retired command sargeant major Rex Case (now in heaven), was a part of the invasion force. He also participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and helped lead the liberation of the Buchenwald German Nazi Concentration Camp. The death toll of the camp was 56,545. When we had lunch one day, Rex told me of the horrors they discovered as they entered the camp.
So today we honor the memory of those men and women who gave their lives for the cause of freedom. Today we also express gratitude to those who survived, the ones who risked their lives to defend the freedom of America and other democracies around the world.