It is the 70th anniversary of the invasion at Normandy. We remember the Allied men and women on this day in particular and honor their service and sacrifice.
While my maternal grandfather was in the US Army at the time, he did not participate in the landing. I think he was in North Africa or perhaps in Italy, though he was in France later, I believe.
We talked about it at dinner tonight; they know of Hitler, the Nazis, and Anne Frank, as well as the Blitz. But they didn't realize there weren't global positioning systems and satellites to help find the enemy and help with the war effort; they didn't know you could have a soldier overseas and not know where he was or even if he were dead. Another world for them, even having stood inside the bombed out church of St. Dunstan in the East in London. When they're ready, they can read all about D-Dayin the "TimesMachine" original edition.