Jon Sanders

On the sixth of June, 1944, Operation Overlord commenced — the largest air, land and sea operation ever undertaken — with Allied Forces landing at the Normandy coast of France. Over 5,000 ships, over 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men fought their way onto the continent through continuous fire, hellacious fighting, and thousands upon thousands of casualties.

The bold invasion was crucial to breaking Nazi Germany's hold on the continent, and its success deprived Germany of important seaports and access to resources while giving the Allies a base upon which to launch incursions into the German heartland, eventually bringing about the defeat of the Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

To this day, June 6 is hallowed as D-Day, as grateful citizens the free world over remember the sacrifices that preserved their liberty. The holiday honors the memory of those who, through love of country and love of their fellow men, gave all. As President Ronald Reagan said, in addressing the survivors,

What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you, and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief; it was loyalty and love.

On D-Day, we remember this sacrifice, this love.

How do our universities remember it? Reportedly, they celebrate it just as they celebrate that holiday of selfless service and romantic love. That would be St. Valentine's Day, which they call "V-Day," so that they can make it about vaginas.


Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.