Documents:  D-Day

"For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. "

Our Documents: D-Day
June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. American and British Allied forces left Great Britain and crossed the English Channel for an amphibious landing onto the beaches of France. Code-named "Operation Overlord," the D-Day invasion was the first time Allied Forces reached the western edge of the European continent and this initial invasion allowed the Allies to liberate France and defeat Germany within the next year.

Approximately 9,000 Americans and 20,000 Germans lost their lives during the invasion.

That evening, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the nation, offering this D-Day Prayer to the members of the armed forces and their families.

bullet Franklin Roosevelt's Press Conference on D-Day, June 6, 1944
bullet Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer, June 6, 1944
bullet Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer - Audio (2.31 MB, 6 mins., 30 secs., Real Audio ), June 6, 1944

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