It’s the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the day the Allies landed in Normandy during World War II.

The success of that invasion meant that Nazi Germany would fall.

For the Allies, it was a feat of power and logistics.

For the individual citizen soldier, going ashore on that day was something else — a test of courage and faithfulness to duty.

Many of those citizen soldiers were teenagers.

The lieutenants who commanded them often were in their early 20s.

Today, the ranks of the veterans are thinning. But they changed the world.

The anniversary is a good day to reflect on the difference that brave people, united in a cause, can make.

It’s also a day to say thanks to those veterans who are still with us.

• Heber Taylor

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Steve Fouga

"The success of that invasion meant that Nazi Germany would fall"...

sooner... And that the U.S. would have a larger say in the destiny of the free world, and that Europe would not fall into Soviet hands,

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