BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Seventy-seven years ago today on June 6th, 1944, over 150,000 Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the largest seaborne invasion in history. This important action eventually led to the liberation and the taking back of Europe from Nazi Germany.
“With anything in history, if we forget it and stop honoring and recognizing it, then we’re doomed to repeat it,” says Ron Hedrick, president of the Beckley Veteran’s Museum. “We can’t forget the lives that were given up to free Europe, and that was World War II, so that war would have either never ended or would have drug out even longer had D-Day not happened.”
Along with Great Britain, France, and Canada, the U.S played a crucial role in helping to re-gain freedom over Europe, and it’s important that we still continue to recognize such a groundbreaking day in history.