D-Day 75 Years Later–Saving The World Through the Blood of Patriots
Normandy, France – Five Beaches, thousands of deaths. As President Trump and other world leaders came together to remember D-Day 75, the anniversary of the landings, we are reminded that without the blood that was shed on the beaches of France in June of 1944, the history of the world as we know it would not exist. The celebration of those days in Europe will continue through June 6.
D-Day 75: a time to remember
Omaha Beach and Utah Beach were assigned to the United States. Eisenhower knew that the death toll would be extreme, but the final goal was too important to defer the landing. Freeing Europe from the grip of the German war machine was not something that could wait.
Omaha Beach. Omaha was between Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes and Vierville-surMer, six miles long (largest). Taking Omaha was the U.S. 1st Army, 5th Corps’ responsibility, with sea transport from the U.S. Navy and elements of the Royal Navy. The movie Saving Private Ryan portrays some events here. The 1st Infantry assault experienced the worst ordeal of DDay operations. The Americans suffered 2,400 casualties, but 34,000 Allied troops landed by nightfall. Divided into Charlie, Dog, Easy and Fox zones.
Utah Beach. Utah was the most western beach between Pouppeville and La Madeleine, three miles long, assigned to the U.S. 1st Army, 7th Corps. Casualties were the lightest of all landings – out of 23,000 troops, only 197 men were killed or wounded. It was divided into zones assigned Tare Green, Uncle Red and Victor.
With Airborne Divisions and over 156,000 troops, allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. Among them were soldiers from the United States, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Norway, Poland, Luxembourg, Greece, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand and Australia (+177 French commandos).
We must always remember the blood that was shed on behalf of the world. For the veterans who landed on the beaches of Normandy, for the airborne members who parachuted from the skies, we remember their courage and sacrifice. For those who are still alive, we pray for peace.