"The anniversary of D-Day has never risen to the level of recognition as other patriotic observances, such as Veterans Day, Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Ask some people what June 6 commemorates, and they’re apt to answer with a shrug," writes Utica, New York's Observer-Dispatch.
The paper points out in an editorial titled Our view: Don’t Ever Forget What D-Day Meant, "The D-Day anniversary is a day we mustn’t forget. 'Operation Overlord' — the Allied invasion of Europe — was a defining event of World War II. And as our veterans of that war continue to dwindle, it becomes even more important to make certain that their story is told and retold to succeeding generations."
It goes on to say, "On June 6, 1944, the future of freedom hung in the balance when 156,000 Allied troops crossed the English Channel and stormed the beaches of northern France to begin an assault on Adolf Hitler and Germany’s Third Reich. When you talk of terrorism, Hitler wrote the book, but the Allies penned the final chapter. And it began at Normandy."
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