On Memorial Day we remember the fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen who died in service to our country. On Veterans Day we celebrate and are grateful to our veterans who serve so that we can be free. We don’t commemorate with same the fervor, the actual battles that these veterans and heroes were part of, yet they do serve to remind us that our freedoms come at a price and we should never forget the sacrifices made to insure our liberties.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France in a massive offensive to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany.  With 176,000 troops arriving by landing craft and ships, as well as nearly 14,000 aircraft, the Allied forces were able to secure Northern France within three months despite a vicious effort by Nazi forces.   Thousands of American and Allied lives were lost but not in vain as this Invasion of German occupied France lead to Victory and restored Liberty