D-Day to Today

Thursday, June 6, 2019

What is it?

D-Day, June 6, 1944, was the largest multi-national amphibious attack and operational military airdrop in history. This day is considered the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe.

On D-Day, more than 160,000 allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline. The attack involved more than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, and more than 9,000 allied Soldiers were killed or wounded in the initial attack. The invasion campaign lasted until August, when the Allies liberated Paris.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

The 75th anniversary of D-Day offers an opportunity to honor the past, and secure the future by reflecting on the selfless service of those who fought on D-Day.

Special events last from June 1-10 in the Normandy region of France and will involve leaders from around the world, as well as approximately 1,000 U.S. service members and many of those who fought on D-Day and who are Soldiers for Life. Their ongoing efforts include:

  • Honoring the past: The men and women of the U.S. military remain forever indebted to the WW II veterans who demonstrated the selfless service and sacrifices in defense of global peace and security.
  • Securing the future: The Army continues to stand together with European allies and partners in maintaining a Europe that is whole, free, prosperous and peaceful.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

  • As the nation commemorates D-Day 75, U.S. forces in Europe remain committed to collective defense and cooperative security alongside European allies and partners.
  • The Army continues to strengthen existing and trusted relationships, and build new ones with the allies and partners in response to evolving threats and complex challenges.

Why is this important to the Army?

D-Day remains a historic reminder of how the dedicated resolve of Allies with a common purpose earned victory in World War II and built enduring partnerships.

The U.S. Army remains engaged, postured and ready to respond with its Allies to threats as they arise.

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Events

JUNE 2019

June 6: 75th Anniversary of D-Day | Visit: Army.mil: D-Day

June 14: Army Birthday | Visit Army.mil: The U.S. Army

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