75th Anniversary of D-Day


Jessamyn Allen, Senior Contributor

On June 6, 1944, on the cold shore of the northern French coast, Allied troops were using the tactic of amphibious landing. This process was done in the dark, during the early morning hours, which led most of the troops to be undetected by Nazi forces. With tensions high and troops prepared to attack, the invasion was meant to bring an end to the German occupation of France. After the smoke lifted, it was clear there was a massive loss of life, with over 10,000 deaths for the Allies and 4,000 to 9,000 deaths for the Germans. Why is D-Day such an important military holiday, and what are people doing to commemorate the 75th year anniversary?

In addition to Martin Barraud making an art piece off the coast of Devon to signify the losses during a training course that was attacked by Germans, what else are people going to be doing? In honor of the anniversary, there will be a ship from the invasion called LST 325, which will be giving tours. The tours are free and the ship will be temporarily docked in Evansville, Indiana. There are also going to be people flocking to Normandy to pay homage to the fallen soldiers. Another commemoration, which might be seen as mildly controversial to some, is that there is going to be a live reenactment of the events of D-Day. Some people can see this as insensitive to the lives lost, or can see it as a way to respect the soldiers who died. Regardless of your thoughts on the matter, there is no doubt that the world would be a different place today without the events of D-Day.