Seventy two years ago today, hundreds of thousands of men faced the wind and weather and their own enormous fears as they waited their turn to help free Europe from the despicable curse of Nazism. More than four thousand of them died on this very day, on the beaches and glider fields of Normandy, and tens of thousands more as the campaign rolled across France and then Germany.

And we must never forget the German casualties, for most of them were just as scared and all were just as dead as those of the Allies.

It was a day of awe, of death and of glory, of brutality and bravery, never to be forgotten.

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