Nation Marks 67th Anniversary of D-Day

Posted June 5th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Monday, June 6, marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France during World War Two.

In the United States, two veterans of the Normandy invasion will share their experiences with visitors to the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans .

The National D-Day Memorial in the eastern state of Virginia will pay tribute to D-Day with a reunion of World War Two veterans and speakers, including one of the few living World War Two Medal of Honor Recipients, Hershel “Woody” Williams. The memorial is located in Bedford – the town that suffered the highest D-Day casualty rate for its population of any place in the United States.

More than 150,000 U.S., Canadian and British Commonwealth troops landed on the beaches of northern France on June 6, 1944 to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Thousands of allied troops were killed, with thousands of others wounded.

The D-Day invasion was one of the most carefully planned military operations in history and took Germany by complete surprise.

The anniversary will be marked in France with guided tours and lectures at the Normandy beaches.