The battle began on June 6, 1944 when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history.
Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. According to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were still alive in 2018. About 348 veterans die each day. For those brave men, living and dead, including my father, who struggled here, we salute you and remain dedicated to the unfinished task of healing, repairing and transforming the world.