D-Day: The Basics
Have you ever heard of D-Day? D-Day is a flag flying holiday that marks one of the most important days in history, but what exactly is this holiday, and why do we celebrate it?
D-day marks the anniversary of when the Allied Forces invaded northern France by landing in Normandy during World War II. This carefully calculated invasion is considered one of the most significant military attacks in history.
The attack began on June 6, 1944, which we now refer to as D-Day. 156,000 Allied Forces landed along five beaches of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. This battle lasted until August and ultimately began the liberation of Western Europe from the Nazi regime.
Thousands of soldiers lost their lives, but thousands more trekked across Europe to end WWII. The Normandy landings have often been called the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.
We observe D-Day annually on June 6. Though it is not a federal holiday, many commemorate this day with memorials and ceremonies to remember the brave soldiers who helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Some museums and war memorials host exhibitions featuring photos and films to pay tribute to the soldiers who fought heroically.
Most of us observe this important day by simply flying our American flag high and proud. In displaying the symbol of our freedom, we honor those who have fought and continue to fight for us and our allies.