It has been 78 years since “the Longest Day” — the touchdown of Allied troops from america, Britain, Canada and different nations as they stormed the seashores of Normandy to press the tip of World Struggle II in an assault on Nazi Germany. Greater than 9,000 Allied troops have been killed or wounded, as have been 1000’s of German troopers.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, memorial gatherings have been curtailed once more this yr, and large-scale gatherings weren’t held.
A lot of the pictures on this gallery are from the seventy fifth anniversary observances, and prior years. U.S. navy sources solely launched a restricted variety of pictures from D-Day remembrances in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Eisenhower’s D-Day message to troops
Troopers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Power!
You’re about to embark upon the Nice Campaign, towards which we have now striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving folks all over the place march with you.
In firm with our courageous Allies and brothers-in-arms on different Fronts, you’ll deliver in regards to the destruction of the German battle machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and safety for ourselves in a free world.
Your activity won’t be a straightforward one. Your enemy is properly skilled, properly outfitted and battle hardened. He’ll struggle savagely.
However that is the yr 1944! A lot has occurred for the reason that Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans nice defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has severely lowered their power within the air and their capability to wage battle on the bottom. Our House Fronts have given us an amazing superiority in weapons and munitions of battle, and positioned at our disposal nice reserves of skilled combating males. The tide has turned! The free males of the world are marching collectively to Victory!
I’ve full confidence in your braveness and devotion to responsibility and talent in battle. We are going to settle for nothing lower than full Victory!
Good luck! And allow us to beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this nice and noble endeavor.
SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower