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Remembering D-Day, history

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Today is D-Day. Sixty-eight years ago at 3:30 a.m. Louisiana time, the first wave of allied infantry and armored troops crossed the choppy English Channel under an overcast sky.

They waded ashore on a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast for beaches code named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. There were 156,000 allied troops from the United States, England, Canada, Free France and Norway; almost 7,000 ships and landing craft; 54,000 vehicles and 11,590 planes.

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