6 June 1944

Posted: Saturday, June 06, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Today is the 65th commemoration of the Allied landings at Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and civilians from many nations invaded Hitler's fortress Europe. Many gave their lives to liberate the continent from Nazi tyranny.

I've linked to a lot of information about the units noted below. It's certainly not comprehensive, but there's still a lot of it. I don't expect anyone to read through all of it, but I do encourage you to pick one or two.

These are the units that participated in the invasion, as found on Wiki.

Other participants included:

All of these units and civilians played roles in the successful landings and subsequent push inland. It was a war that engulfed and impacted the world, and it took the better part of the world to ultimately end it.

To those who sacrificed all, I wish you the eternal peace you earned.

To all who served, I thank you and salute you.

The United States

The United Kingdom

Free France



The Netherlands




New Zealand

Remember them.


  1. Jeni says:

    Excellent post, Trav! We most certainly do owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who served and died, those who served and survived and from many nations besides ours too.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    Wonderful post Trav. My uncle was there in Normandy. I salute them all.

    The weather here today is exactly the same as it was on 6 June 1944!

  1. You did good Travis!
    I will never forget.

  1. Anndi says:

    Lest we forget...

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them."
    - Laurence Binyon

  1. WOW. Wow. Thank you so much for this post. Brings tears to my eyes. Today is my anniversary as well and I will now think of Normandy and this informative post. Thank you.

  1. Posting the flags was a very effect thing. SOrt of brought home the diversity.

  1. Anonymous says:

    One of the things I like most about your blog is when you do things like this. It's so awe inspiring to me and so full of history and it just make me so grateful. Thanks Trav :)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Amen, Travis. Years ago Hubby and I visited the D-Day memorial in Virginia. It was an awesome learning experience and a reminder of those who bravely gave their lives for our country that fateful day.

    may we never forget...

  1. Jamie says:

    Very well done Travis. It is a shame that the seeds planted at the end of WW I meant that beach would see such a horrid harvest.

    One of these days, man may learn to say peace and mean it.

  1. Absolutely spectacular post my friend. My father served aboard the carrier U.S.S. Bunker Hill. They provided support to the invasions of Iwo Jima, Tarawa, and Coregidor. The Bunker Hill took two kamakazi hits in her flight deck.
    Yesterday on Huckabee, he reminded us that 900 WWII vets die everyday and our time to thank them and honor them personally is quickly drawing to a close. Most of these brave men and women are now in their 80's. Thank them for literally saving the world. Thank you to "The Greatest Generation."

  1. Travis says:

    Jeni: That was definitely the point I wanted to make this time...that it took a lot of people from a lot of different countries to get it done.

    Akelamalu: Wow. I'm glad that's the only thing repeating about that historic day.

    NNG: Thank you Ma'am!

    Ann: I watched a wonderful program on PBS about the various American military cemeteries around the world. It was quite moving.

    Clancy: Happy Anniversary.

    Charles: I thought so as well.

    Thom: This is one of my favorite kind of posts.

    Lois: I want to get to the Normandy beaches one day.

    Jamie: And then the seeds of conflict in the middle and far east were sewn at the end of WWII.

    Drilleraa: I want to do some more posts about the Pacific theatre. I've also not written much about China/Burma/India or about the Africa campaigns. Gotta do my research.