D-Day: Anniversary of the Allied Invasion of Normandy — PICTURES

June 6, 2012, 4:40 a.m.

Sixty-eight years after June 6, 1944, D-Day is still spoken of with rev­er­ence and awe. Per­haps no single day of the Second World War was more im­port­ant in turn­ing the tide against Nazi Ger­many. And it was done at great cost to Amer­ic­an and Al­lied troops in an op­er­a­tion that some called a near sui­cide mis­sion.

(RE­LATED: First Wave at Omaha Beach)

More than 3,000 Amer­ic­an ser­vice­men died that day try­ing to take just one beach, dubbed Omaha, and many more died nearby. ­Al­to­geth­er, more than 9,300 Amer­ic­an ser­vice­men and -wo­men are bur­ied in the Nor­mandy Amer­ic­an Cemetery on the cliff over­look­ing the beach, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­ic­an Battle Monu­ments Com­mis­sion.

Be­low are some scenes from that day, and the days be­fore and after.