It's the 67th anniversary of D-Day.
On June 6, 1944, the Allies invaded Normandy, France, in their drive to oust Hitler from Europe.
It was a bloody, horrific, and terrifying day.
But it was also a day of hope, especially for the occupied countries.
There's been plenty written about this day, plenty of movies made (my personal favorite is The Longest Day), and lots of commentary. But sometimes, we need to take a step back and look at the individuals who made this invasion possible - the infantryman, the paratrooper, the tank drivers, the landing boat drivers, and on and on.
It wasn't just about military strategies and generals and officers...it was also about the common soldier.
It's easy to group these individuals into one entity: the military. But looking at those men's faces reminds us that each one represents a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a sweetheart. Each one had a family, a friend, a wife, a sister, a brother, a daughter, a son, a lover. Each one sucked up his fear and did what he had to do.
They put aside their individuality for a common cause - and they got the job done.
Remember their sacrifices today.
For more photos of D-Day and a plethora of other information about World War II, visit The World War II Database.
(Photo credits: The World War II Database)