DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Under the command of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

This date will always be remembered as the beginning of the end of the Nazi occupation in Europe during World War II.

People gathered at the Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum in Denison at daybreak Thursday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The operation was given the code name of Overlord. Air, land and sea forces gathered to take on German forces. Gen. Eisenhower, who was born in Denison, commanded more than 130,000 troops who rushed the beaches that were also given code names: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

"It was all on him, and what I like about his story is that he issued the order to launch the invasion," said Eisenhower Birthplace site manager John Akers. "It was supposed to happen June 5, but bad weather... he had some weather reports that you're going to get a break the next day, and he said, 'We go.'"

German forces surrendered in France less than a year later on May 7, 1945.