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Remembering D-Day

U.S. troops wading through water after reaching Normandy, France, and landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

A look back at D-Day 74 years later

On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, to begin freeing northwestern Europe from under the boot of Nazism. Although it was a decisive Allied victory that changed the course of World War II, thousands of courageous young men gave their lives on those beaches in northern France. The U.S. National D-Day Memorial Foundation has verified that 2,499 Americans and 1,914 from other Allied nations were killed on that day — a total of 4,413 Allied deaths.

War photographers accompanied the infantrymen as they disembarked from landing crafts and ran headfirst into enemy fire. Pictures of that pivotal battle are a sober reminder of the courage, resolve and selflessness needed to fight fascism and the debt subsequent generations owe to the GI Generation. Today, across the globe, men and women honor the sacrifice made by a few good men to liberate Europe and defeat fascism. (Michael Walsh/Yahoo News)

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