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We recently celebrated our war veterans on Memorial Day and last week marked the 74th anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion. During World War II (1939-1945), the three month Battle of Normandy, (June - August 1944), resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Operation Overlord, as the battle was codenamed, began June 6, 1944, when 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of the Normandy region of France.

The D-Day invasion, one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history, required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted large-scale deception campaigns designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following Spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings historically signaled the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe.

At Intersections we celebrate our veterans and the sacrifices so many of them paid for the freedoms we now enjoy. Sadly, America still is a country at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. has 1.3 million active duty military troops stationed in nearly 150 countries, including intervention in armed conflicts in Yemen, Pakistan and Syria.

We honor brave men and women like U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) James Geishaker of Virginia, a 1999 West Point graduate who served three and a half years in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan