80th D-Day Anniversary

80th D-Day Anniversary

The Making History Project will return to Normandy to attend the official international ceremony at Omaha Beach on June 6, 2024, for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

The 80th D-Day Anniversary will surely be an incredible event, with many heads of state and returning World War II Veterans in attendance. Due to their advancing age, this could be the last time such a gathering of World War II Veterans will be present.

As in years past, the Making History Project is honored to be part of the media documenting the event and securing interviews to preserve the Veterans’ memories. This will be the sixth time the Making History Project will be in Normandy for the June 6th anniversary.

The entire Normandy region is rich with history, museums, monuments, and relics from the battlefields. The local residents are incredibly friendly and grateful.

The ceremonies commemorating the fallen are respectful and dignified. Likewise, the final resting places for those who made the ultimate sacrifice are impactful.

While the place itself is sacred, from the beaches of Omaha to Utah, it is really the Veterans that make it special. Below are a few memorable photos from past trips to Normandy on June 6th:

If you know of a Veteran that will be in Normandy for the 80th Anniversary and they are interested in preserving their story for their family or future generations, please have them contact me.

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About 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 patrick@making-history-project.com

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