Commemoration event for the the 70th anniversary of D-Day
By John G. Martinez
June 16, 2014 1 / 3 Secretary of the Army John McHugh delivers remarks at a commemoration event for the the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Flamanville, France, June 5, 2014. The event was hosted by the mayor and other local officials at the Chateau de Flamanville where the 5th Ranger Battalion was headquartered in the summer of 1944 VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 3 Secretary of the Army observes paratroopers jump onto the Iron Mike drop
zone, June 8, 2014. More than 600 U.S., German, Dutch and French service
members jumped to honor the paratroopers that jumped into Normandy on D-Day. The event was one of several commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day operations conducted by Allied forces during World War II, June 5-6, 1944. Over 650 U.S. military personnel have joined troops from several NATO nations to participate in ceremonies to honor the events at the invitation of the French government.
VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 3 Secretary of the Army John McHugh speaks with World War II Veteran John P. Vancott before a ceremony at Point du Hoc, France on June 7, 2014 commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Vancott was a Soldier in the 5th Ranger Battalion who assaulted German positions on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.
On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler's crack troops.
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