JUNE 6, 1944

75 years ago the Allies opened a northern assault on the Third Reich on the beaches of Normandy, France. Thousands died during the early hours of the effort. Stepping over the bodies of fallen comrades, the Allied forces pressed forward against entrenched Nazi positions. Those violent 24 hours changed the course of the Second World War and the course of history. It was accomplished by ordinary men, fighting against their fears and desire to live, who committed to do their duty no matter the price.

My father was among those who landed on Omaha Beach that morning. Each June 6th my thoughts turn to him and that perilous day now 75 years behind us. I am grateful to him and all his comrades who defeated the great evil of that day. They preserved the freedom we now enjoy. The events on that date should never be forgotten.