On Thursday night, Carbon County and surrounding communities joined the many others across the glove in remembering the thousands of soldiers who fought in one of history's most pivotal battles.

June 6th, 1944, famously known as D-Day, was the turning point of World War II as American and Allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy.

The battle helped to ultimately free Western Europe from Nazi control.

A remembrance event was held at Penn's Peak. That's where News 13 spoke with local veterans about the importance D-Day holds in world history.

"They had their backs to the ocean, it was do or die," said Glen Lippincott of Sciota.

For Lippincott, D-Day was the start of a battle fought by loved ones. His father, Jack, and father-in-law, Donald, were both part of Operation Overlord. His dad arrived in Normandy in the middle of the night.

"He said there wasn't much to see. It was dark, you followed the vehicle in front of you. They ended up driving two hours after they came off the Atlantic Ocean and went inland," said Lippincott.

On Thursday, Lippincott arrived at Penn's Peak in an old war Jeep that belonged to his father, his dad and father-in-law both with him in spirit.

Thousands of men on both sides of the frontlines would never return home from the Normandy beaches.

"The amount of blood that was in the water, he said it was almost inconceivable. It was red, the surf turned red," added Lippincott.

Dozens gathering to remember a sacrifice made by 160,000 soldiers that would forever change history.

"Our world would be completely different if those 13 Allied nations, recognized Allied nations, would not have conducted that operation under General Eisenhower on June 6th 75 years ago today," said Chris Lukasevich, host organizer of the "Carbon Remembers D-Day" event.

One that was not the end, but the beginning.

"The beginning of freedom for the world, especially Europe and the US," said Jurgen Mestdagh, a sergeant who works for the Belgian Embassy.

Lippincott's father passed away three years ago at the age of 91. For the 50th anniversary of D-Day, he returned to Normandy.

"He said it was very interesting how there were great great grandfathers and grandfathers with their little berets on and they would come up and in French they would say to their granddaughters, 'Shake this man's hand because he made us free,'" said Lippincott.

After the invasion, the Allies would go on to gain control of Normandy 77 days later, leading to the eventual liberation of France, and Western Europe, from Nazi domination.