Honoring the 80th
anniversary of D-Day

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June 6, 1944 marks one of the most pivotal moments of World War II and world history. As we look back on D-Day nearly 80 years later, it’s a moment to reflect, commemorate and honor the events that unfolded, those who fought, and the Normandy area that served as a backdrop for this historic battle.

The invasion itself spanned five beaches along the Normandy coast in northern France – codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – and involved more than 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 personnel from eight allied countries in a unified effort to liberate Europe from tyranny.

Today, Normandy stands as a living memorial to the courage witnessed on D-Day. The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach and the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc offer a profound and solemn understanding of the sacrifices made for freedom – while visitors to museums like the Caen Memorial and D-Day Academy can explore artifacts and interactive exhibits that bring the events of that day to life.

But Normandy’s allure extends far beyond its military and historical significance. Its rolling hills and tranquil villages offer a blend of cultural richness and everyday charm that have inspired artists, writers and travelers for centuries. Its natural beauty is captivating, from its rugged cliffs and windswept beaches to its lush, picturesque countryside – offering almost endless possibilities for outdoor adventure.

Another result of Normandy’s bountiful, rich landscapes is a thriving culinary scene. In quaint bistros and Michelin-starred restaurants, visitors can indulge in creamy Camembert cheese, succulent seafood, local wines, and world-renowned apple ciders crafted from the finest orchards throughout the area.

The people of Normandy do a remarkable job of preserving its past while embracing its present, beckoning travelers with a journey of remembrance and renewal. As we reflect on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the area stands as a symbol of hope and resilience. Join us below as we take a deeper dive into the events of that day and the parts of the world that witnessed them firsthand – through exclusive interviews, classic broadcasts, modern reflections and more.

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