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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

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.

D-Day Tribute

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France

Today’s post is in tribute to the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion by the Allies during World War II that began the liberation of Europe. This represented the single largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. The task was daunting not only in terms of the operational coordination required but also in the fact that it was taking place on the heavily defended Atlantic Wall.

The invasion from the sea was preceded first by paratroopers that were dropped in the darkness behind enemy lines to secure important bridges, chokeholds, and towns to facilitate the push inland from those arriving on the beaches. Despite carefully laid plans, many of the paratroopers missed their drop zones and were scattered throughout the French countryside.

Many of the World War II Veterans that I have interviewed were paratroopers, infantrymen, medics, engineers, or were part of the Coast Guard that participated on D-Day. A sample of some of those oral history interviews can be found here. These interviews not only preserve an important part of history but also provide the Veteran and their family with an everlasting memory.

Let us not forget their sacrifice. Those that gave all, as well as those that were wounded and remain scarred to this day. Remember freedom is not free. We are free because of the brave and the blood that was paid.

American Cemetery Omaha Beach
American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.