Over here in Normandy, even if this year celebretion was greatly disturbed by the pandemic, there are ceremonies to remember this important event in almost all cities/villages and Veterans are always the most important people of the day. In Omaha Beach, Charles Shay, now 97, was the only US Veteran able to attend the ceremony. He had a statue and plaque erected in his honor.
Léon Gautier, 98, sole survivor of famous Commando Kieffer, gave the Green Beret to new French Special Forces soldiers, and had to sign autographs like an Hollywood movie star!
As you can see, we'll never forget their sacrifice !
Warmest regards from Normandie,
Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of The Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory.
Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
--General Dwight Eisenhower
Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces