At the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, D-Day veterans gathered with family members to honor the 70th anniversary of the amphibious assault on Europe that turned the tide of World War II.
Speakers at Friday's wreath laying included Toby Roosevelt, the great grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Susan Eisenhower, the granddaughter of General Dwight Eisenhower.
One Veteran at the event told an ABC 7 News reporter that the seas were so rough that day in the English Channel that many soldiers battled seasickness. Another told a reporter that if he could use just one word to describe the day, he would say sacrifice.
At a ceremony in France on bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, President Obama called D-Day a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom."