Tuesday marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, one of the most decisive and iconic battles of World War II. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on Omaha Beach, along the coast of Normandy, France, as part of an assault on Nazi Germany.
Various public and private entities raise funds to help surviving veterans travel to France free of charge to commemorate the invasion in person. One of the goals is to help bridge memories across generations.
In the video, VRtually There brings you to the shores of Normandy with three returning D-Day veterans as they pay their respects to their comrades who never returned home.
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”
The successful landings made by American troops and its allies on June 6 were the beginning of the end for Hitler’s fascist regime. But the cost in lives was high. More than 9,000 Allied forces were killed or wounded.
Meet James Carroll, Robert Lockhard, and Cliff Goodall on their second journey to Normandy in the immersive 360 video.
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And whatever you do, don't forget to look around.