"On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France... More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops." - Army.com
I've had the privilage to visit the beaches at Normandy. I've walked among the debris, lingering still, a quiet testimonial to the carnage that took place 75 years before. That day the brave soldiers of the Allied Forces stormed across the open sand, under a hail of heavy fire, toward the Nazi bunkers above. I've felt the gravity of the space but I can not even begin to fathum what it was like that day.
"They fought together as brothers in arms; they died together and now they sleep side by side. To them, we have a solumn obligation." - Chester W. Nimitz
Without their sacrifice, evil may have been allowed to consume more than it had.
"Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few." - Winston Churchill
Nathaniel Grauwelman is the Marketing Manager for Warren County Historical Society.
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