Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer is a quiet seaside village in the Normandy region of France and if you didn't know any better, you'd think this place was home to just about the sleepiest beaches in all of Europe. But these aren't your classic read-a-book-and-chill beaches. They're some of the most famous beaches on the planet and served a key role on June 6th, 1944 on D-Day.
Today, June 6th marks the 75th Anniversary of this historic event, a milestone that is expected to represent the last large gathering of World War II veterans around the globe. This past March I had the chance to see Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer with my husband and truth be told, it was really hard to imagine that this quiet place was once littered with bodies, boats and barricades. But it was and over 120,000 troops and civilians were killed during the whole of the Battle of Normandy.