Those who fought on that victorious day will remember that time for many different reasons, but all will with modesty simply say, “We only done our duty”.
Their duty as a soldier, airman, and sailor, in the battle won across the sea in Normandy, was fought by them with such Bravery and Courage, that by their own memorable actions they finally vanquished the enemy, knowing only too well that they had fought for the oppressed, and each one in his own way had won the “Battle for France” and gave the people its Freedom and Liberation!
Each one will have his own story to tell, of the events that made him the Hero that he was then, and as we remember him today.
He will have fond memoires, treasured moments, and deep sadness.
Perhaps an account of a friend, mate, or buddy, who in the raging battle that ensued and through a hail of enemy machine-gun fire was rescued; others plunged into the freezing water from the landing craft then sank drowning with all the weight they carried, they too were saved; burning aircraft shot down, with each crew man trying to save the life of his friend; mortars exploding all around as men fell hit by shrapnel and severely wounded, were saved.
Moments such as these, and there are many of them, were to be honoured and treasured, as each one demonstrated their loyalty to each other, that each and every one of them, all went, well beyond the call of duty.
Of the times of such tragedy that many encountered, each man can only remember the horrors of what he saw. For those who were killed during the bitterness of battle, the “boys” who never came home, now lie in a Foreign Field, at rest under the clear blue skies of France.
For those Heroes that are left today, they have their own precious thoughts, deepest memoires, and sadness of friends, mates, and buddies, which will always be with them, to remember them by.
The plan of conquering Europe was shrouded as top-secret, all the forces including the U.S.A. were involved, their only chance, and very possibly there one and only last chance to defeat Hitler, would have to take the utmost priority, and the planning went into operation.