GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. 150-thousand allied troops stormed Normandy's shore in hopes of defeating the Nazi's who occupied Western Europe and those efforts were honored Friday.
WWII veteran Ruth Karn served in the Navy when troops covered a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coast. She said D-Day came with mixed emotions because while she worried for the men fighting overseas for our country she was hopeful for a positive outcome, "To think that eventually this was all going to end and we can all go home."
However, not everyone got to go home. There were at least 9,000 allied casualties with about 4,400 confirmed dead.
WWII vet Charles Kornman was deployed to Europe after the invasion and said he was among only 11 others who came back alive, "I was there and I'm here now a sense of deep appreciation that I'm still called to live."
The invasion had different phases and five different target locations on the beach including zones referred to as Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. More than 13,000 paratroopers and 5,000 on ships executed the intricate plan to dominate the German forces.
Although many men died the sacrifice allowed soldiers to defeat Adolf Hitler and take down the Nazi occupation.
President Obama was on the shores of Normandy Friday to honor the men who helped make it possible to overcome occupied France and defeat the Nazi regime.