From Cathy Gramling, EUCOM: The D-Day Foundation has verified the names about 2,500 American servicemen killed on that one day alone. 2,500 Americans on one day. Our Allies fought alongside us, too, and estimates are that nearly 2,000 of them were killed that day, too.
But the anniversary of D-Day isn’t just about the men who died 66 years ago. It is also about what we’ve learned and accomplished since then. …
And as I sit here at EUCOM, I can’t help but think D-Day could be the day that solidified the American commitment to the European continent. Sure we had been here before and we fought here before; but when I look back, I see D-Day as the day where the relationship was made real. We promised, we planned, we executed, we stayed for the rest of the war, we stayed for the rebuilding, and we’re here now maintaining and growing relationships with our allies and even former enemies.
So on Sunday, think about those who lost their lives, but also remember those who fought, those who lived the lessons we must learn about resourcefulness and working together. We must be Stronger Together. (photo: Library of Congress)
"The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!"
Excerpt from General Dwight Eisenhower’s D-Day Message.