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Denison remembers leadership of former president ahead of 75th D-Day

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Denison remembers President Dwight D. Eisenhower's leadership ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day Denison remembers President Dwight D. Eisenhower's leadership ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day

DENISON, Texas -- The city of Denison remembers the leadership of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower  ahead of the 75th D-Day anniversary. 

"Let us never forget their bravery,their courage and their sacrifice for our freedom" said Denison Mayor Janet Gott. 

It was June 6, 1944 when more than one hundred and fifty-six thousand American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in the largest amphibious invasion in military history.

"It was his decision, his responsibility to launch that invasion," said Eisenhower Birth Place Site Manager John Akers. "He could have failed but he was ready to take responsibility for it if it did not happen." 

At least twenty thousand lives were lost during the process of attacking a fixed fortification during stormy weather. 

"To attack a fixed fortification; a hardened beach as it was and push inland was a near impossibility," said History Professor, Kearby Lyde.

"They had to contend with weather and keeping us hidden away from the enemy," added Akers. 

Today those still living are honoring the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"The greatest generation is nearly gone," said Gott. " There are few left to share their stories of how they willingly sacrificed and forever changed the free world." 

Still, this is a service promised never to be forgotten. 

"Had we not been able to establish a tow hold on the Normandy beaches, we would never have been able to have driven Hitler out of power," said Lyde.

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