This weekend marks Memorial Day in the United States. Officially it is a Federal holiday commemorating U.S. soldiers who died during military service. Unofficially, it also marks a start to the summer season here with a day off of work, barbecues, beach days, and parties. Just one week later is the anniversary of D-Day. This is a shot I took in Normandy, France at the D-Day beaches. During WWII, the Allied forces stormed these beaches in what was the largest land and sea invasion in history with more than 160,000 troops. An estimated 425,000 German and Allied soldiers were killed, wounded, or went missing that day. In the end, the bloody invasion succeeded in bringing the allies closer to the western border of Germany and an ultimate end to the war that could have gone the other way with a very scary outcome for Europe and the rest of the world.