"One day we woke up to an unbearable silence. Everyone had vanished, nothing left, no goodbye. The wonderful, cheerful, funny, generous lynchpins of our young lives were gone without a word. The significance of D-Day escaped our young minds… "

Arthur Watson

156,000 troops were deployed on the US-led Operation Overlord. 11,590 aircraft and 6,039 sea vessels. The Americans, British and Canadians headed towards the 50-mile stretch of Normandy Coast with the intention of freeing Europe from what Churchill called the ‘new Dark Age’ of Nazism.

Our local US soldiers, Companies E and F from the 16th Infantry, were in the first wave to reach one of the five beaches at 0630 on the morning of Tuesday 6th June, 1944.

4,500 Allies perished, 10,250 were injured, many of whom would never fully recover, although everyone taking part in the landings would forever carry the experience with them. Many lived with those memories, many found they couldn’t. Between 5,000 and 9,000 Germans also perished and the effect of D-Day blossomed to grip wives, sweethearts, sisters, brothers, parents and families across Europe, the United States and Canada.

The assault was, and remains, the greatest amphibious event in modern warfare. Indeed, there has seldom been a date with greater moral clarity in the history of humanity at war than the 6th June 1944.

Today we remember all who took part and their families and thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

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