On the morning of June 6, 1944, Allies from Britain, Canada and the United States landed on the beaches of Normandy, in northern France, to begin the liberation of Europe from German occupation. With a massive force of more than 150,000 soldiers, the Allies gained a victory that became the turning point for World War II. This day was coined “D-Day*” by the U.S. military. We asked attorney and Army veteran Karl Truman to share what D-Day means means to him. You can hear his brief answer by pushing play.
*So what exactly does “D-Day” mean? It depends on whom you ask. Some say the “D” stands for “dooms” and a host of other words, but according to the U.S. military, it’s simply an Army designation that indicates the start date for a specific field operation and the “D” doesn’t actually stand for anything.