Sixty-nine years ago today, Allied forces — led by American, British, Canadian and French troops — landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin the liberation of western Europe from Nazi tyranny.
It was D-Day, the sixth of June, 1944, the day that millions of oppressed people around the world and others had been awaiting with anxious and eager anticipation, even long before the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that brought American into the war.
The D-Day landing involved more than 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes and more than 150,000 servicemen — including many men from Jackson County who landed on the beach that day or parachuted inland hours before. Men like the late Leonard Trimpe and the late Glen Haley.
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