06/03/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/03/2020 16:20
June 6, 1944, is a date forever embedded in history. On that day, in the early morning hours, Allied forces staged the largest invasion the world had ever seen. It was an assault against Hitler and German positions on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Around 160,000 Allied troops, 73,000 of whom were Americans, stormed the beaches of Normandy in a carefully coordinated attack. Before the invasion was over, an estimated 4,500 troops had lost their lives. Another 5,500 were listed as wounded or missing. German casualties topped 9,000.
This dark day is often referred to as 'D-Day.' While many people are familiar with that term, few understand what the 'D' stands for.
The Origin of the Term 'D-Day'
Some have speculated that the 'D' in D-Day stands for departure, while others believe it stands for destination. But military historians say neither is true.
They say the 'D' in D-Day doesn't actually stand for anything. It was simply a placeholder used to mark an important day on the military's calendar. The military also used the term 'H-Hour' in conjunction with D-Day to denote the specific time when the action would begin. Using these terms helped the military protect the timeline on carefully crafted attacks like the one on the beaches at Normandy.
Honoring Those Who Served on D-Day
What can we do to honor those who served on D-Day? Historians say learning more about D-Day and sharing that knowledge with others is the best way to remember and honor those who served.
Here are some important facts Americans should know about D-Day:
On June 6, we encourage you to join us in remembering those who served and sacrificed.
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