"American assault troops in a landing craft huddle behind the protective front of the craft as it nears a beachhead, on the Northern Coast of France. Smoke in the background is Naval gunfire supporting the land." Text and image from "The Normandy Invasion: The Story in Pictures."
Sixty-eight years ago yesterday, thousands of soldiers invaded Normandy by air and sea. FDR kept this invasion under wraps from the American people until he knew the maneuver was a success. So on June 5th 1944, when the operation was already in progress, FDR made no mention of it when on the radio that evening.
The next evening he went on air again to talk about D-Day and lead the country in a prayer. Prior to this prayer he said a few quick sentences regarding the top secret affair and how he was knowledgeable of it while it was occurring, although he made no mention of it. You can view the speech transcript and the prayer in the FDR Library digital archives and you can read more about the story behind the speech on the FDR Library blog. You can see more of Robert Capa's D-Day photographs here.