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D-Day, 2020


June 6, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On this day, after being ousted from Europe in 1939, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

If you’re rusty on the events of D-Day, I highly recommend checking out this link to a slideshow prepared by the U.S. National Archives last year. It’s an excellent, succinct overview.

Below are a few of the images I shared last year for the 75th anniversary, along with a few new ones. I hope you’ll take time with me today to recall all of those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom—and to work to carry their legacy forward today.


Original caption: American troops at a British port descend into barges which will take them to troop ships from which they will launch the attack against Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Note Barrage balloons in the background.” Image and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives For more color images, visit the National Archives slideshow here.


“Original caption: These American troops have loaded their equipment onto an LCT and are waiting the signal for the assault against the Continent.” Image and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives


Original Caption: “General Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the order of the day, “Full victory–nothing else,” to paratroopers somewhere in England just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault of the invasion of the continent of Europe.” Courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress



Original caption: “See You in Berlin. Resolute faces of paratroopers just before they took off for the initial assault of DDay. Paratrooper in foreground has just read Gen. Eisenhower’s message of good luck and clasps his bazooka in determination. Note Eisenhower’s DDay order in hands of paratrooper in foreground.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives


“Captain Sir Harold Campbell RN and Commander A Kimmins RN watch the progress of the landing of 50th Division from HMS BULOLO, headquarters ship of Assault Force G, 6 June 1944.” Caption and photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.


Original Caption: “French Coast Dead Ahead- Helmeted Yankee soldiers crouch, tightly packed, behind the bulwarks of a Coast Guard landing barge in the historic sweep across the English Channel to the shores of Normandy. Minutes later, they dashed up the beach under fire from the Nazi defenders. These Coast Guard barges rode back and forth through DDay bringing wave of reinforcements to the beachhead.” Courtesy U.S. National Archives


D Day Birds Eye view
A “Bird’s-Eye-View” of D-Day. Courtesy of the Library of Congress


U.S. troops disembark from a Coast Guard landing craft. Courtesy of the National Archives


Priavte First Class Warren Capers recommended for Silver Star. With other members of his medical detachment Private... - NARA - 531501.tif
D-Day was successful because of people besides the combat troops. “Private First Class Warren Capers recommended for Silver Star. With other members of his medical detachment, Private Capers set up a dressing station and aided over 330 soldiers on a beachhead on D-Day.” Photo and caption courtesy of the U.S. National Archives.


Original Caption: “The beachhead is secure, but the price was high.” Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives


19 thoughts on “D-Day, 2020”

  1. I was two days old when that happened. When we went over to visit Danny Wilson’s grave at the American Cemetery at St. Avold, France (most burials from the Battle of the Bulge), we also visited Omaha Beach and tried to imagine the awfulness of that landing. May we never forget.

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    1. I’m glad you got to get over there and see your uncle’s grave. Walking the beach must have been quite an experience- the only WWII site I’ve been able to make it to in person was Pearl Harbor- I wasn’t prepared for all of the emotions!
      Thanks for stopping by and remembering with me, Joy 🙂


  2. Le Chatelaine is a chain of French bistros in Columbus Ohio. Every June 6, the owners, who ere from France, let any WW II veteran eat for free. About twenty years ago, the local paper ran a story of a WW II veteran who was trying to raise money to go back to Normandy. The owners read it, gave him the rest of the money, and their daughter accompanied him on his trip to act as interpreter. The sacrifice still bears fruit.

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    1. What a great story, JPC! Thanks for sharing it. I hear about the care the graves of our soldiers get over there, too- we live so far from those shores it can be easy to forget just what those landings meant to those occupied people.

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  3. Seventy-six years later, we can only reflect on the horrors, courage and victories from a 30,000 feet altitude.

    As you well know, 29 DD Sherman tanks – encircled by a flimsy canvas boat of sorts – were launched about three miles out to sea from Omaha. 27 sank due to high seas and were recently mapped out by intricate sonar on the sea floor with their treads nearly perpendicular to the beach. Perhaps had they reached the beach, the horrendous casualties at Omaha may have been less.

    Still, thousands of individuals took on the enemy, each encompassed in their own sphere of survival – protecting themselves, their brothers while trying to kill the enemy.

    As these combat veterans and survivors pass, so do the actual memories of courage and horrors seen.

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    1. Yes indeed- I truly cannot imagine what that day was like. We had the privilege of hearing a D-Day veteran (as well as one from Pearl Harbor) speak a couple of years ago- He was on one of the smaller craft that helped guide the landings into the beaches. I’m so glad that my kids had the opportunity to hear some of this first hand but still- I just can’t imagine.

      We’ve started looking into one family member’s service- he never talked about the war, and we just found out that his division, at least, was on one of the Normandy beaches. If he was there…well, that might explain some of his reluctance.

      Thank you for sharing that piece of history-I was not familiar with the story of those tanks. WOW. I so appreciate people like yourself who’ve studied this era longer than I have 🙂

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