Today marks the 68th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Armies’ invasion of Europe in World War II.
Giving the order to the troops on June 6, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower said,
“You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, your devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory. Good luck, and let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Today, I am thankful to all those who did not shrink from the difficult task that lay before them.