Most Important Day of the 20th Century: June 6, 1944
It should be a holiday, not just a national holiday, but a world wide holiday. June 6, 1944 is a day that saved the world as we know it.
The Normandy Invasion commenced on June 6, 1944 and although that invasion is commonly known as 'D-Day', the invasion lasted a lot longer than that. But on that one day, Allied Forces suffered 12,000 casualties.In one day.
It was a slaughterhouse. The German Army was up on the bluffs, entrenched. The beach was barren, barren for a long way. It would be brutal, the Allied Command knew that. Why did they do it?
Because it had to be done. And so it was.
It turned the war. If the Normandy Invasion hadn't been successful, would the Allies ultimately have lost the war? That, of course, involves speculation. Most historians I've read would say no, a failed invasion wouldn't have meant the war was lost.
But they also (most) agree, it would have extended the war considerably. And while 400,000 American hero's died in World War II, that number would have risen, perhaps two or three fold.
There would have been a lot more home's in the United States with Gold Stars in the windows. And who knows? You may not have been born.
The success of D-Day is the most important day of the 20th Century and arguably, of any century. It should be remembered, celebrated and reflected upon by people, not only in the U.S., but around the world.
It paid a terrible price, but good persevered over evil.