NORMANDY - 72 years ago on June 6, 1944 over 160,000 Allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune, D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history and was vital to the Allied victory on the Western Front (Operation Overlord).
"These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent. These are the heroes who helped end a war."
- President Ronald Reagan
"This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be. We're going down there, and we're throwing everything we have into it, and we're going to make it a success."
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower