Herndon High School’s band took part in the 75th anniversary of D-Day celebrations in Normandy — returning with enhanced appreciation of the crew members who served on the USS Herndon during the invasion.
Thursday may have marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day — which was the largest amphibious invasion ever and laid the foundations for the Allied defeat of Germany in World War II — but maybe you didn’t have the time to tune into this week’s commemorations.
The sea couldn’t have been more peaceful as the sun rose Thursday over Omaha Beach. About 100 people gathered at dawn on the edge of the waters that ran red here on June 6, 1944.
On the National Mall, onlookers joined those who had served in Normandy. “A very touching thing to see all these people,” one said.
Photos of the D-Day invasion as it happened, from the Associated Press.
The world is remembering the troops who stormed the fortified Normandy beaches to help turn the tide of World War II 75 years ago and give birth to a new Europe. Listen to the events.
Volunteers took turns on Wednesday at the National World War II Memorial in D.C. reading the names of some 9,000 service members buried at Normandy American Cemetery in France.
“Anyone that says you aren’t [scared] is not being truthful,” one veteran told those who’d gathered for the send-off at Dulles International Airport.
The Herndon High School band of Herndon leaves Tuesday to participate in 75th D-Day celebrations in Normandy. Band members will carry pictures and stories of crew members who served on the USS Herndon during the invasion.
June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The Allies’ invasion of Normandy, France, is considered to be the turning point in World War II, and a new book by historian Alex Kershaw examines the first bloody, crucial hours of that operation.
There’s going to be a flyover of World War II vintage aircraft in the D.C. area Friday, May 10 as part of a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
A Navy destroyer and a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, share a name that links them to D-Day. And because of that connection, a local high school marching band has been invited to participate in next year’s commemoration in France.
Dozens of volunteers traveled to D.C.’s National World War II Memorial Tuesday to spruce up and beautify the monument, honoring veterans and showing their appreciation on the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.
Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies defeat Adolph Hitler.
Service event set for World War II Memorial in D.C. Monday, in remembrance of D-Day.
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