Making History Project
"Preserving Veterans' Stories"
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Normandy France Archive

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.

WWII Photo Gallery

Angoville

Angoville – Normandy France

With some extra time this summer, I am starting to catch-up and add some photos to the WWII Photo Gallery from past trips.

As it now stands, there are 21 individual galleries with 368 photos in total.

These photos are from events that the Making History Project attended, including trips to Normandy, France as well as WWII Veteran reunions.

The most recent photos added are for Angoville, Arromanches, and Azeville Battery in Normandy. Check them out and let me know what you think.

D-Day June 6, 2018

2018 D-Day Celebrations

Celebrations in Sainte Mere Eglise

Normandy Where it All Began

It is hard to imagine but it has been eight years since my first trip to Normandy France for D-Day. Today represents the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

All told, I have been in Normandy three times and it never gets old. To be in the presence of greatness and at the location of such a history-altering event is truly humbling.

It was in this electric atmosphere that I came up with the idea to preserve soldier’s tales through oral history interviews. I only hope that I am doing a good enough job in capturing these stories so as to preserve this lightning in the bottle for future generations.

A Time for Reflection

While there is plenty of pomp and circumstance today, let us not forget the true reason for why we celebrate. Many brave men, sacrificed their youth, blood, limb, mind or their life altogether for the liberation of France. So while beer and wine flow liberally today in Normandy, there should always be at least a tiny moment dedicated towards the somber remembrance for those that did not return. Many a family is missing a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or husband today.

Never forget their ultimate sacrifice. For as all soldiers know, only the dead know the end of war. May they now rest in peace.