75th Anniversary of D-Day remembered
A Memorial Wreath was laid at the Veterans Memorial on the 1885 Historic Courthouse square on Thursday, June 6, 2019, beginning at 10am. This was the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified coastline of Normandy, France. The goal was to fight Nazi Germany, which held France at that point in World War II.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation one in which… “we will accept nothing less than full victory…” More that 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy by the end of June 6. A total of more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to Germany to defeat the Nazi Army led by Adolph Hitler.
Post #8904 Quartermaster Larry Hume was Master of Ceremonies for the program, in which the names of those from Shelby County who died on Normandy beaches were read. The playing of “Taps” by VFW member Mike Lankford concluded the ceremony.