On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation.
"D-Day", as this invasion was known, was one of the most decisive and innovative battles not only of World War II, but of western civilization.
Those involved could not have known then that victory would eventually be won; for them, it was the bottom of the ninth inning, and they were coming up to bat with a toothpick. But victory would be won, and many paid the ultimate price to do so.
Sadly, World War II is slipping out of living memory. Let us honor the brave soldiers who participated in what is modern history's greatest military gamble.