Today marks the anniversary of DDay, which was the beginning of the end for the Nazi regime. Thousands of brave Allied Forces stormed the beaches of France to liberate Europe from German oppression.
Many Americans lost the lives on that day to preserve liberty for Europe, America, and the world. On D-Day, the Allies suffered approximately 10,000 casualties. The Battle of Normandy involved over 400,000 total casualties.
On the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, Ronald Reagan addressed Americans who stormed the beaches and reflected:
It was the deep knowledge and pray God we have not lost it that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt.
You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man. All of you loved liberty. All of you were willing to fight tyranny, and you knew the people of your countries were behind you.
Reagan was right.