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70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy
June 2014
On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known as D-Day. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy, but by day’s end, the Allies had gained a foothold to begin liberating Europe.

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Breedlove Reflects on D-Day Commemorative Events

Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said he was impressed by the turnout at the D-Day commemorations in France, especially by veterans of the landing, whose numbers are dwindling with the passage of time. Story

Obama: Normandy was ‘Democracy’s Beachhead’

Normandy represents democracy’s beachhead, President Barack Obama said in remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France during World War II. Story

Breedlove Pays Tribute to Sacrifices Made at D-Day

The sacrifice made by World War II veterans is reflected in the legacy of freedom they left following the “greatest endeavor ever undertaken in the name of liberty,” NATO’S Supreme Allied Commander Europe said. Story

Picauville Residents Honor Fallen D-Day Troops

The determination of a French community to honor the memory of the Americans who fought for their liberty during D-Day is evident, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe said during a visit to Picauville. Story

Breedlove Honors Veterans at D-Day Commemoration

The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe joined the residents of Carentan, France, to honor World War II veterans and pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the D-Day landings. Story

AFN, Pentagon Channel Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day

The American Forces Network will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with special programming on its television and radio services. Story

Normandy Commander Showcases Arm at Tribute

All eyes were on Retired Col. Jack Brooks as he took the field at Kauffman Stadium, the home of the Kansas City Royals on Memorial Day 2014, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. With more than 37,000 baseball fans on site, that's a lot of eyes. Story

D-Day Hero Posthumously Honored in Normandy

Municipality leaders, veterans and residents gathered to remember a local legend on the occasion of the June 5 unveiling here of a new site and monument dedicated to a D-Day hero of the 101st Airborne Division. Story

Airman's Grandfather Part of Normandy Air Campaign

For Master Sgt. Matthew Carey, 28th Bomb Wing Treaty Compliance Office superintendent, it conjures thoughts of a man he barely knew and whose grandest adventures began the day after nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel as part of the largest seaborne invasion in history. Story

D-Day Paratrooper Remembers Historic Jump Ahead of 70th Anniversary

Veteran paratrooper Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, is returning to coastal France to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion that changed the course of World War II. Story

Ramstein Airmen Rekindle Piece of D-Day History

Airmen of the 37th Airlift Squadron will be flying to honor and remember the brave service members who took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, during World War II. Story

World War II Veteran Looks Back at D-Day

For Charles Maupin, a 94-year-old World War II veteran, the Battle of Normandy is an event that the nation should never forget. He was among the thousands of service members who stood on the beaches of Normandy, the day after Operation Neptune, better known as D-Day, 70 years ago. Story

Allied Air Forces Paved Way for D-Day

The mention of "D-Day" conjures iconic images of men storming a beach riddled with barbed wire, smoke and craters created by German mortar batteries; of men advancing toward machine gun nests and acts of heroism as they made their way inland to secure a foothold in mainland Europe. However, without the efforts made by the allied air campaign in the months prior, D-Day would have never been possible. Story

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D-Day Facts

Allied Troops: 160,000; Allied Aircraft: 113,000; Naval Vessels: 5,000

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Video: Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day Message

U.S. Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's D-Day Message

Video: President Obama Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

President Obama Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Photo Essay: Hagel Participates in 70th Anniversary D-Day Observance in Normandy

Hagel Participates in 70th Anniversary D-Day Observance in Normandy

Photo Essay: U.S, International Paratroopers Commemorate D-Day

U.S, International Paratroopers Commemorate D-Day

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