Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

78th D-Day Anniversary

78th d-day

The 78th D-Day Anniversary in Normandy, France is looking to be a spectacular event for commemorating and honoring WWII Veterans. I have been told that more WWII Veterans may be attending the festivities this year than those that made the trip for the 75th.

The cancellation of all D-Day events for the past two years due to COVID-19 may be a big factor in the increased attendance. Likewise, this may very well be the last time these WWII Veterans travel due to their advanced age (98-100).

One thing that is certain, all the returning WWII Veterans are treasured jewels. I certainly look forward to meeting more of these heroes. If I am lucky, I will have the opportunity to preserve their memories with a quick oral history interview. For that purpose, I am setting up a dedicated interview studio in the middle of St. Mere Eglise, the hub for all the festivities.

Below is an updated list of all of the 78th D-Day events for the week of June 6th:

Normandy Victory Museum

Baie Du Cotentin

If you plan on being in Normandy and want to meet, go ahead and send me an email and we can make it happen.

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Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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