D-Day, when U.S.-led Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in an invasion that ultimately brought down Nazi Germany, lives on in the memory of every American. We hear the stories, read the books and watch the movies, but it often takes a visual prompt to truly begin to understand what happened on June 6, 1944.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the day that began the end of World War II, here are many ways – both in the U.S. and overseas – to celebrate, honor and remember this day on which so many gave their lives.