Seventy-six years have passed since American troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France — a day that will forever be remembered in the lore of the United States Armed Forces.
Fewer than 1,000 D-Day Veterans are believed to be alive today, and that number continues to dwindle. It’s an event that seems so distant, but it had such a monumental impact on the future that we stand in today.
It also demonstrates just how much the Navy is changing, and yet how much it remains the same.
On that day, big-gun battleships pounded the German defenses, paving the way for the men who would storm the shore and eventually take it with much bloodshed. These incredible feats of Navy engineering could rain down hell upon opposing forces, and their bombardments were truly a sight to behold.
The Navy has migrated away from the battleships of yesteryear, adopting a more modern strategy that calls for integrated systems of ships, subs, aircraft, drones, sensors, and more. Gone are the days when the impressive battleships were the norm.
But while the Navy has had to adapt to meet the challenges of the present day, it remains the same Navy in one important quality: its Sailors. Just like our forefathers who fought on D-Day, our Sailors are ready to take the fight to anyone who threatens peace and freedom around the globe.
And that is what makes D-Day such a good reminder of why we celebrate the U.S. Navy. No matter what happens around the world, we can be confident that our Sailors will never let harm befall their nation.
On this day, AUSN salutes the Sailors of the United States Navy. Thank you for all you do for our country.
NORMANDY, France (June 6, 2019) The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is home to the graves of more than 9,380 of our deceased military members who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Today commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. American and French military members are joining our nation’s leaders to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of their nation on that fateful day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sarah Villegas/Released)