Saturday, June 06, 2009

In Honor of D-Day - 65th Anniversary

In honor of the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. This is a picture of me with a cross of an unknown soldier in Normandy in 2005. It says

Here Rests in Honored Glory
A Comrade In Arms
Known but to God

On D-Day, the Allies landed around 156,000 troops in Normandy. The American forces landed 73,000, including 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops were landed.

Allied personnel killed on 6 June 1944 in Operation Overlord, included 2499 American D-Day fatalities and 1915 from the other Allied nations, a total of 4414 dead in that one day.

Over 425,000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded or went missing during the Battle of Normandy. This figure includes over 209,000 Allied casualties, with approximately 53,714 dead.

Today, twenty-seven war cemeteries hold the remains of over 110,000 dead from both sides: 77,866 German, 9386 American, 17,769 British, 5002 Canadian and 650 Poles.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 French civilians were killed, mainly as a result of Allied bombing. Thousands more fled their homes to escape the fighting.

Our Freedom was not free. It cost these heroes their lives.

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