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Honoring Those Who Served and Sacrificed: The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Assault landing WWII

Assault landing, one of the first waves at Omaha. The Coast Guard caption identifies the unit as Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

Today is a day of remembrance. June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of Allied forces invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France. This decisive operation marked a turning point in World War II, giving the Allied forces a strong foothold in the battle against occupying Nazi Germany.

The Army’s D-Day history website provides an overview of this event:

“The Normandy beaches were chosen by planners because they lay within range of air cover, and were less heavily defended than the obvious objective of the Pas de Calais, the shortest distance between Great Britain and the Continent. Airborne drops at both ends of the beachheads were to protect the flanks, as well as open up roadways to the interior. Six divisions were to land on the first day; three U.S., two British and one Canadian. Two more British and one U.S. division were to follow up after the assault division had cleared the way through the beach defenses.

Disorganization, confusion, incomplete or faulty implementation of plans characterized the initial phases of the landings. This was especially true of the airborne landings which were badly scattered, as well as the first wave units landing on the assault beaches. To their great credit, most of the troops were able to adapt to the disorganization. In the end, the Allies achieved their objective.”

So many Allied troops were lost in the D-Day invasion, however their mission was successful in paving the way toward defeating the Nazi regime and ending it’s horrific reign of destruction and devastation. Today we honor their memory, as well as the memory of all who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

WWII Army Medic, Samuel Horn and his wife, Carolyn Horn.
Father-in-law and mother-in-law to Greg Frye, and grandparents of Eric and Colleen Frye.
WW II Army Private, Donald James Robinson. Jim would have been part of D-Day invasion, had not a case of the mumps delayed his deployment. Grandfather of Erin Meyer.

In addition to remembering the lost, we honor those who served and made it home. These courageous individuals returned and persevered through painful memories and life-changing loss, only to begin the work of rebuilding their lives and communities. Both the men and women who served, and those who carried on at home during World War II are known as the “Greatest Generation”. We are losing these amazing individuals by the day, and so it is important to honor them and remember all they have done to pass on a rich legacy to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Upright Communications is proud to honor all of those who have served and are serving in the United States military. We are also honored to partner with many businesses who actively support military veterans and who are veteran owned. These include but are not limited to: