For a generation of Americans, June 6 is a day that they won’t and can’t forget. June 6, 1944 saw the largest amphibious landing in history (up to that time) take place at Normandy. Until that day, the term D-Day was the generic term for the beginning of any major military assault. It’s still used that way, but mention D-Day to most people of a certain age and this is the one that comes to mind.
The stories you’ll read on those pages are simply staggering. Those of us who have never had the dubious privilege of fighting in a battle will never be able to understand what these men went through. (And no, watching Saving Pvt. Ryan 18 times most emphatically does not give you a good idea of what it was like. Idiot.)
If you know a WWII vet who was there, you owe him a handshake and a thank you. If you’re really lucky, he might tell you a story or two in return.