72nd D-Day Anniversary: All Who Serve Are a Part of the Greatest Generation

Troops watch activity ashore on Omaha Beach as their LCVP landing craft approaches the shore on D-Day, June 6, 1944, during the Allied invasion of German-occupied France. Photo by U.S. Army Signal CorpsNational Archives/UPI (Newscom TagID: upiphotostwo455985.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

James Carafano /

Stop your average American on the street and ask them “what happened on June 6?” Surprisingly—a few might recall that on a dreary morning while the low-tide lapped lazily on the rocky coast of Normandy, France, brave men in battle armor no thicker than a khaki shirt grimly headed toward Hitler’s Atlantic wall.

There is nothing special to mark the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day invasion during World War II. Nothing special—other than the men themselves.

That 18-year-old struggling up the steep bluffs of Omaha Beach while tracer rounds flashed overhead would be 90 years old now, eyes flickering still alive with the memories of that unforgettable day.

About 73,000 Americans landed onto the beaches on June 6, 1944. Almost 2,500 of our boys were killed.

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