I had a family member there, but he was fortunate and did not land until the third day when the fighting had moved inland. That did not ultimately save him, though. He was later killed in the Netherlands, never to see his home again. Another family member arrived at that beach in September and, by the time the war in Europe ended in May 1945, had rolled across France and Belgium and Germany and into the country then known as Czechoslovakia as a tanker with George Patton's Third Army. His unit was the first to arrive at one of the Nazi concentration camps. He lived well past the war, but never really survived it.
And, I will add a few words about the music: "Hymn to the Fallen," was composed by John Williams for the film, "Saving Private Ryan." The individual who put together this video did marvelous work linking the piece to photographs of a number of cemeteries for American war dead scattered around the world –- including some in France near the D-Day landing sites at Normandy. Tempted as I am to utter a few political comments, I will refrain and only say these lives were given as part of the struggle to make the earth a better place for all of us.