65th Anniversary of D-day

June 6th, 2009 - 8:30 pm ICT by GD  

On the 65th anniversary of the day that changed the face of the Modern World History, war veterans still feel the urge to pay their homage to fallen comrades in Normandy. On June 6 and June 7 2009, it will be 65 years since the day that American and the Allied troops landed on the soil of Normandy to crush the rising menace of the Nazi regime.

The invasion of Normandy by the Allies gradually ushered in the slow wipe out of the Nazi power. It helped in drawing an end to the most talked about war in the recent history of the world, the World War II. British, French, American and Canadian forces had landed on the four beaches on the French coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944 to begin their fight for liberating Europe from dictatorial clutches.

To mark the occasion, US President Barrack Obama visited the German concentration camps and then made a foray in to the American cemetery and memorial in Normandy, France. The President will meet the French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Other world leaders scheduled to attend the event are British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Prince Charles and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The Normady American Cemetery and Memorial holds the graves of the 9, 387 US soldiers who had laid down their lives in the war, according to the reports of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Many war veterans from Maryland have over the years traveled to the French soil to pay their respect to their companions and fallen comrades. Their valor and immense sacrifices still attract their fellow comrades to come and remember them every year on this day.

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