Seventy-three years ago today, the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. It was the first step in liberating Europe, and defeating Nazism and fascism.
These men – mere boys, actually – risked their lives for the freedom of others. They did so not for money, fame, or glory; but because it was the right and moral thing to do. More than 4,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives on the first day alone; and many more perished before the war was won.
Remember these men, these heroes. They gave everything for people they never met, living in countries they’ve never seen.