It opened a western front for the allies, and marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Germany.
Thousands of American soldiers took part in that event and one local veteran was honored Wednesday.
Enterprise mayor Kenneth Boswell presented Walter "speed" Nichols with a certificate for heroism.
Nichols and his wife, Tula, are now flying to Europe.
On Sunday, he and only one hundred other Americans will receive France’s highest award, the knight of the Legion of Honor.
Speed says he is proud to be receiving such a prestigious award.