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D-Day June 6, 2018

2018 D-Day Celebrations

Celebrations in Sainte Mere Eglise

Normandy Where it All Began

It is hard to imagine but it has been eight years since my first trip to Normandy France for D-Day. Today represents the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

All told, I have been in Normandy three times and it never gets old. To be in the presence of greatness and at the location of such a history-altering event is truly humbling.

It was in this electric atmosphere that I came up with the idea to preserve soldier’s tales through oral history interviews. I only hope that I am doing a good enough job in capturing these stories so as to preserve this lightning in the bottle for future generations.

A Time for Reflection

While there is plenty of pomp and circumstance today, let us not forget the true reason for why we celebrate. Many brave men, sacrificed their youth, blood, limb, mind or their life altogether for the liberation of France. So while beer and wine flow liberally today in Normandy, there should always be at least a tiny moment dedicated towards the somber remembrance for those that did not return. Many a family is missing a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or husband today.

Never forget their ultimate sacrifice. For as all soldiers know, only the dead know the end of war. May they now rest in peace.

World War II Veterans to Return to Normandy

D-Day, Normandy FranceWe are seeking, in conjunction with a local French organization, World War II Veterans who served in Normandy who would like to return to Normandy for the annual D-Day commemorations during the first week of June.

In order to qualify, the Veteran must be able to provide proof of service in Normandy during World War II, which normally can be achieved with a copy of the discharge papers.

The French organization is providing free of charge all lodging, meals, and transportation while in Normandy. Additionally, Veterans will be provided an escort to get to events and well-deserved places of honor at those events.

Financial assistance is available to cover transportation to France on a limited basis for those in need.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Time is short and places are filling up. If there is any interest please contact Patrick Russell ASAP by email at patrick@makehistoryproject.com

Weekly Review for Veterans and Oral History for Friday, October 16, 2015

Here are some recent articles of interest that I found this week for U.S. Veterans. Enjoy!

 

Finding History: A Metadata case study at Baylor University

This case study is concerned with the use of descriptive metadata for online oral history collections created in a content management system, or CMS. It will highlight the Baylor University Institute for Oral History (BUIOH) and their history in uploading and describing their digital collection of transcripts and audio files in Baylor University’s CMS, CONTENTdm. Specific to this case study, the issue of managing a digital archive and conforming to metadata standards set university-wide for digital collections will be addressed.

Read more here

 

Finding History: WWII German Halftrack found in river in Poland

HalftrackLook at this amazing find that has just been recovered from the river Pilica in central Poland. This looks like it could be driven away. The level of preservation is unbelievable. Scroll down to page three for the video and also keep your eye out for one of the front tires – it will blow you away, it looks brand new. A big thank you to Tomek Basarabowicz of Poland.

Read more here

 

Warriors of History: 10 longest sniper kills

A sniper is a skilled marksman whose job is to shoot someone from afar without hitting anyone (or anything) else. But it’s not just about pointing, shooting, and hitting. Snipers must also take into consideration their weapon, ammunition, wind velocity and direction, air density, and even the rotation of the earth – the mastery of which allows them to perform deadly miracles.

Read more here..

 

Oral History: New OHA pamphlet, Doing Veterans Oral History

In collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, the Oral History Association announces a new pamphlet titled Doing Veterans Oral History. The pamphlet, written by OHA member Barbara W. Sommer, will be available to purchase at the Annual Meeting in Tampa and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Preview the cover at Doing Veterans Oral History.

Read more here

Thank you for reading (and sharing).  Stay tuned for next week’s weekly review for U.S. Veterans.