(NEWTON/OLNEY) It was this date seventy-four (74) years ago, 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 in year five of World War II. Known as D-Day, with the codename Operation Overlord, the invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. In fact, prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. When the Battle of Normandy ended two months later all of northern France had been liberated and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The D-Day landings at Normandy that began 74 years ago this morning have been called the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. It’s estimated that more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day invasion, with thousands more wounded and/or missing in action. Let us never forget the sacrifices made on this date and thereafter in history.