On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will lay a memorial wreath in remembrance of the 69th Anniversary of D-Day on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse. The program will begin at 10 am and the public is cordially invited to attend.