Tuesday, Dec. 07, 2010


On June 6, 1944, 150,000 men rushed the beaches of Normandy, France, carrying with them General Eisenhower's "Order of the Day" that referred to what was about to happen as "the Great Crusade." The Allied invasion of Normandy was the turning point in World War II — it cracked Hitler's hold on Europe and led to Germany's ultimate defeat. It is not usually observed with celebrations or formal revelry, but it is a date remembered nonetheless.