POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:31pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:54pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — June 6, marks the 69th anniversary of D-Day.
"It's a day that will be reverently looked at not just as a successful mission but as a price that was paid for," said WWII Veteran George Martin.
More than 160,000 allied troops invaded a 50-mile stretch on the French Coastline to fight the Germans on the beaches of Normandy.
Today now goes down in history as D-Day the moment of the attack.
More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion.
"You're in a boat, you have 20 to 30 marines or army fellows in there, all of them are uptight they've been in the boat for several hours before they hit the beach, they're looking at each other like how many of us will make it through the day it's a tough time," said Martin.
Martin was in the Pacific during the D-Day invasion.
Despite the tragedy Martin remembers how victorious that day was.
89-year-old veteran Buster Barlow felt the same emotion.
"Excitement yes but fear for those who had to achieve the landing because it was not a guarantee you know it could of gone either way."
By the end of June 6th,1944 more than 150,000 troops started to make their way to Germany to end the war for good.