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Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jun 06, 2019 in General Interest

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the landing operation in Normandy France.  Part of Operation Overlord, an Airborne assault of over 1,200 planes preceded the largest amphibious assault in history, as over 5,000 vessels were in involved in transporting 160,000 allied troops to the beaches of Normandy.  The Allies, under the direction of US General Dwight Eisenhower, landed at five different locations.  The Americans landed in sectors named Omaha and Utah beach, the British landed at Gold and Sword, and the Canadians landed at Juno. German resistance varied greatly but the Allies suffered severe casualties. Ultimately, all five beachheads were secured and the Allied push to liberate France and defeat Germany had begun.

In addition to these brave and heroic men, there are thousands of unsung heroes involved as well.  These ranged from French resistance force, operating behind enemy lines, to intelligence and counterintelligence operations conducted by the Allies.  Breaking the German's Enigma code proved invaluable and fake messages sent by the Allies led the Germans to believe that Normandy was not the main attack.  These actions froze the Germans and allowed the Allies to reinforce the beaches before additional German troops could arrive.

Harbin & Burnett honor those who fought to protect our freedom and to liberate others from oppression.  Please take a moment today to meditate on the brave actions by so many.  As of 2018, fewer than half a million veterans of World War II are still alive.  May the memory of their brave deeds never be extinguished.

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