Germany had 55 divisions of their army deployed in France at the time while the Allies only had the means to transport 8 divisions for the assault; almost a 7 to 1 advantage for the Germans.
Of the 7 million tons (14 billion pounds) of supplies that were to be provided for the landings, 488,000 tons (976 million pounds) were ammunition.
Of the 6,939 naval vessels that were used, 1,200 were warships and only 15 were hospital ships.
From the 1st of April until the 5th of June, the softening up of German defenses period, the Allies lost 2,000 planes and 12,000 airmen. On June 6th, 127 more Allied planes were shot down.
There are 9,386 graves in the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. All of which face west, toward home. 307 of those graves contain unknown soldiers. 1,557 names are listed in The Garden of the Missing for those that were never found.
In 1964, President and Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower made his one and only trip back to Omaha Beach. He spoke these words:
…these men came here – British and our allies, and Americans – to storm these beaches for one purpose only, not to gain anything for ourselves, not to fulfill any ambitions that America had for conquest, but just to preserve freedom… I devoutly hope that we never again have to see such scenes as these.
Those soldiers who fought, and died, that day changed the course of history. As great as it is to have a Memorial Day, we need to remember D-Day the same way.