Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.  The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

Operation Overlord, (also known as D-Day), began on June 6, 1944, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning.

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Bob Slaughter was once described as perhaps the best-known D-Day Vet America. National media  turned to him when they needed a first-person account of the Normandy invasion. At 6-foot-5, he was an imposing presence. By all accounts, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and draws 75,000 visitors a year, would never have been built if not for Mr. Slaughter’s efforts. Mr. Slaughter, 87, died May 29 at a hospital in Roanoke. Hero!

Bob Slaughter, D-Day veteran who helped create National Memorial in Bedford,Va.

Bob Slaughter was once described as perhaps the best-known D-Day Vet America. National media turned to him when they needed a first-person account of the Normandy invasion. At 6-foot-5, he was an imposing presence. By all accounts, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and draws 75,000 visitors a year, would never have been built if not for Mr. Slaughter’s efforts. Mr. Slaughter, 87, died May 29 at a hospital in Roanoke. Hero!

National D-Day Memorial set to mark 70th anniversary of WWII Normandy landings - "Scaling the Wall" a tribute to 2nd Ranger Battallion's assault on Pointe-du-Hoc, during D-Day invasion, at National D-Day Memorial, Bedfore, Va. Veterans - Stripes

National D-Day Memorial set to mark 70th anniversary of WWII Normandy landings - "Scaling the Wall" a tribute to 2nd Ranger Battallion's assault on Pointe-du-Hoc, during D-Day invasion, at National D-Day Memorial, Bedfore, Va. Veterans - Stripes

Beach goers walk past a captured German bunker overlooking Omaha Beach near Saint Laurent sur Mer.

11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now

Beach goers walk past a captured German bunker overlooking Omaha Beach near Saint Laurent sur Mer.

With the Musée Airborne and other sites, Ste.-Mère-Église, a small town in Normandy, continues its reverence for a World War II battle.

French Town Is a Living D-Day Memorial

With the Musée Airborne and other sites, Ste.-Mère-Église, a small town in Normandy, continues its reverence for a World War II battle.

The D Day Memorial  In Bedford VA

The D Day Memorial In Bedford VA

"Remembering Their Sacrifice" The National D-Day Memorial - WSET.com - ABC13

"Remembering Their Sacrifice" The National D-Day Memorial - WSET.com - ABC13

No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna is EASY SUMMER DESSERT RECIPE for refreshing sweet treat. This is perfect idea for Memorial Day and 4th of July dessert.

No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna

No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna is EASY SUMMER DESSERT RECIPE for refreshing sweet treat. This is perfect idea for Memorial Day and 4th of July dessert.

American troops stand beside a World War 1 monument bedecked with French flags after the town (exact location unknown) was liberated from German occupying forces, summer 1944. On the anniversary of D-Day, see Frank Scherschel's photographs from before and after D-Day in masterfully restored color: : http://ti.me/LrJMVr   (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

American troops stand beside a World War 1 monument bedecked with French flags after the town (exact location unknown) was liberated from German occupying forces, summer 1944. On the anniversary of D-Day, see Frank Scherschel's photographs from before and after D-Day in masterfully restored color: : http://ti.me/LrJMVr (Frank Scherschel—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

fallen soldiers etched into sand normandy beach peace day land art project (15)

fallen soldiers etched into sand normandy beach peace day land art project (15)

French Town Is a Living D-Day Memorial - NYTimes.com

French Town Is a Living D-Day Memorial

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