On June 6, 1944, more than 150,000 American soldiers and Allied forces arrived on the shores of Normandy, France, to liberate the country from Nazi occupation. Known as D-Day, today marks the 75th anniversary of that monumental battle which eventually led to the end of World War II.
President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron gathered in France with surviving veterans who were on the beach that day. One veteran, former Army medic Ray Lambert, was commended for saving at least 15 of his fellow servicemen, pulling them out of the water despite suffering injuries himself. The presidents also paid respect to the thousands of men who never made it home that day, sacrificing their lives for the greater good.
If you’re wondering about your own family’s connection to this pivotal part of history, Ancestry is providing free access to their collection of global military records from June 6th to June 9th. “On this incredibly important day in history, Ancestry is encouraging everyone to look back and understand the contributions their family made during the war, so that they may keep these stories alive for future generations,” says Lisa Elzey, Ancestry’s Senior Family Historian.
Their collection of 332 million military records includes draft cards, service records and prisoner and casualty lists. Chances are, we all have at least one person in our family tree who contributed to the war in some way. You can find out more by visiting Ancestry.com/DDay75.
Our thoughts are with all of the brave individuals who fought so fiercely on that day and those who continue to ensure freedom for generations to come.
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