“American, British and Canadian troops landed in northern France this morning, launching the greatest overseas military operation in history with word from their supreme commander, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, that ‘we will accept nothing except full victory over the German masters of the continent.’” So read the opening paragraph of a Wichita Eagle article on June 6, 1944, announcing the D-Day invasion. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded during the Normandy landings, but the troops gained a foothold in France, and Germany surrendered less than a year later. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is recognizing the 70th anniversary of the invasion with events Friday and Saturday, including a panel discussion, symphony concert and military re-enactors.
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