Many of the dead remain in France. These are memorials to American dead but there are other graves and memorials for British, Canadian, Australian, French, Greek, citizens of New Zealand, Norwegian, Polish and others who gave their lives that day.
A little less than a year later, Nazi Germany signed papers of unconditional surrender.
It is fitting that, today, I revive my "Music Monday" feature to bring you, my readers, some music of the late 1930's, and the 1940's.
I was not alive in the 1940's, but this was the music of my mother and father. First up on this mini-hit parade: Sing Sing Sing, written by Louie Prima. This version is by Benny Goodman.
This song will get your toes (and all other body parts) to moving.
In The Mood (1939) - Big Band leader and musician Glenn Miller, noted for this song, was a casualty of World War II. This is a more recent recording. The Glenn Miller Orchestra still tours.
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters (1941).
What were those people fighting for? The very survival of the Western World. If you want to get a taste of that world pre-World War II, watch the first two or three minutes of this documentary based on a memoir by the late Edith Hahn-Beer, who passed away in 2009 after a remarkable life. (I highly recommend the memoir, incidentally.)
Every day, more and more of the "Greatest Generation", so many of whom fell on D-Day, pass away. We thank those who fought on D-Day for our freedom - some of us, for our very existence.
My last song is not connected with World War II, but, rather, with June 6. Yesterday, while in the car, I heard a song I hadn't heard in many years.
Years after D-Day, on an unspecified June 6, this song, Convoy, becomes a great hit (reaching the top of the charts in January of 1976). I loved it; but listening to it now, it sounds a bit dated. And, for my readers outside the United States, please don't use it to study United States geography. The "bears" would have had plenty of time to stop a convoy headed from Oklahoma to Chicago to the Jersey Shore.
But it still makes me smile on this special day in history.