Today marks the 68th anniversary of D-Day, which was instrumental in ending World War II in Europe.
Commemorations of the day were held across the free world—as much of that freedom wouldn’t be had if not for the 160-thousand troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944.
The war was of course not won based solely on that one operation, though it is almost unanimously looked to as the breaking point in Europe that gave the allied forces the permanent upper-hand.
Local World War II veteran Wesley “Tag” Mabry spoke at last week’s Memorial Day commemoration at Riverside Cemetery and said serving his country was the greatest honor he’s ever received.
It took the soldiers who fought in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world to retain and reacquire freedom for so many millions in the world and Mabry said many of those soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice for ultimate victory.
An estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or injured on D-Day, but 100,000 began their march across Europe to defeat Hitler. In all, over 60 million lives were lost across the globe in World War II—nearly 2.5 percent of the entire world’s population. It was and remains the world’s deadliest war.