70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on Normandy Beach
Today is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on the beaches of Normandy in France.
There are many reasons to travel and see the world, and one of the most important reasons is to visit historical sites. It is said that if we don’t learn from our history, then we are destined to repeat it. And, one of the most poignant scenes in the memory of our grandparent’s generation is the courageous day the Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy.
“On June 6, 1944, more than 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. Gen. 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, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.” (via D-Day website)
A very popular way for today’s travelers to explore the important historical monuments at Normandy Beach is to visit the area on a river cruise.
To help you take a peek at the area, and perhaps consider a river cruise to this important historical destination, I thought we’d share this video with you from the folks at Viking River Cruises.
If you’d like more information about exploring the beaches of Normandy on a river cruise, please give us a call at (480) 550-1235, or use our convenient online information request by clicking the button below.
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