Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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MHP Set to Return to Normandy for D-Day Anniversary

D-Day St. Mere Eglise
St. Mere Eglise

The Making History Project will return to Normandy, France for the 78th Anniversary of D-Day. This is the third time the Making History Project has made this trip to obtain Veteran oral history interviews and to document the anniversary events of D-Day.

D-Day Historical Context

During the early hours of June 6, 1944, the Allies began the liberation of Europe with the largest assembled invasion force in history. On D-Day, the 82nd Airborne parachuted behind enemy lines to seize key strategic points. The paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne not only seized their objectives but caused general confusion across the entire area to aid the main invasion forces landing by sea.

78th D-Day Anniversary

There is a lot of excitement for the upcoming D-Day events given the cancellation of previous events for the past two years due to COVID. A large turnout is expected with many Veterans making perhaps their only and last return to Normandy. Here is a partial list of some of the D-Day events by D-DayFestival.com and DDay-Overlord.com.

For this special year, the Making History Project will have its base of operations in the iconic St. Mere Eglise. St. Mere Eglise is considered the first French town liberated during D-Day. We will be in St. Mere Eglise from June 1st through June 9th. Given its historical context, St. Mere Eglise is the very epicenter for all D-Day anniversary events. We are very pleased to have an excellent space in the heart of St. Mere Eglise to conduct video oral history interviews for returning Veterans.

Veteran Oral History Interviews

Please contact us if you are or know of a Veteran that will be returning to Normandy for D-Day and is interested in preserving their story with a video oral history interview. Our oral history interviews will be archived with the U.S. Library of Congress. Likewise, we provide Veterans with a copy of their interview immediately. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve these stories for families and for future generations.

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About Author

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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