Making History Project
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82nd Airborne Archive

78th D-Day Anniversary

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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

D-Day Overlord.com
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.

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.

In Tribute: Bob Chisholm – An American Hero

We lost a true All-American Hero on January 4, 2022. Bob Chisholm was a WWII Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne who then went on to also serve his country in Korea and then later in Viet Nam.

Paratrooper Bob Chisholm, WWII

Bob was selected as a member of the second class for the 82nd Airborne’s All American Hall of Fame. This incredible honor is bestowed only upon the very best of the best paratroopers. Bob had combat jumps into Normandy on D-Day, into Holland for Operation Market Garden, and then fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium.

As a 2nd Lieutenant, Bob Chisholm participated in one of the last major combat actions in Korea where he earned a battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant. Finally, Bob served bravely in classified missions in both Viet Nam and Thailand. LTC Bob Chisholm retired from the Army in 1971 and is one of only 325 soldiers to have ever earned the Triple CIB (Combat Infantry Badge).

I conducted a Veteran oral history interview of Bob Chisholm in 2014 while in Dallas, Texas. Bob’s oral history interview was very thoughtful, he covered his entire career, and his advice for future generations at the end of the interview is something we all need now. Bob Chisholm loved his country and his fellow soldier. Gracious with both his time and money, Bob helped to found the El Paso Benavides-Patterson All Airborne Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and was a sustaining member of the Family and Friends of the 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment Association.

Bob Chisholm, Dallas, Texas 2014

Bob, you represented the very best that America had to offer. You impacted so many lives during and after your military service. A true treasure. An All-American Hero. Fly high Bob. Salute.

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