I had hoped to get this up earlier.
There is so much that I want to say, but my subject is so vast, that I can really only say a few words.
Sixty five years ago today, the world was saved.
Nearly 160,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the greatest invasion in history. On June 6, 1944, the liberation of Nazi controlled Europe began. This day the tide was turned, the victory of democracy and freedom, over the evils of totalitarianism was set in motion. The dawn of liberty was breaking over the dark and horrifying landscape of death and destruction.
Names that ring out to us years later: Omaha. Utah. Sword. Juno. Overlord.
Ideals won out over ideaology.
The majority of troops were American, and every major battle in American history was a preparation for this day.
Because of Bunker hill, because of Valley Forge, because of Gettysburg and Shiloh and Antietam, because of San Juan Hill and the hellish trenches of No Man's Land -- because of men like Washington and Lincoln and Pershing -- there was an American Army that day, an army of citizen soldiers -- and a tradition of fighting for ideals.
For what they knew was right.
And that day they did fight, alongside the ever stoic, ever valiant British and Canadians.
4414 of them died.
But they advanced, in to the mouth of Hell, and they took back France.
They took back the Netherlands.
They liberated the death camps.
They took back all that Hitler had stolen.
They saved the world that day.
Thank God for June 6, 1944.
What follows are the orders for Operation Overlord, from General Dwight D. Eisenhower, to all allied troops participating in the invasion of Normandy.