My children's great-grandfather Herb was on the beaches of Normandy as well. He also survived, and survived the war as well. He never talked much about it, other than to say he'd lied about his age to get into the Army.
And if you'd like to know how private citizens honored their war heroes, kept the morale alive at home, and represented their country with pride, read the FIDM blog about this British Propaganda dress, created during wartime rationing. I truly took pause while reading this blog, in honor of those who gave all, those who gave some, and those who believe and hope, "never again."