Friday, June 12, 2009

Remembering DDay ~ 65 years later

U.S. Army Airborne Soldiers re-enact the June 6, 1944, D-Day paratrooper jump over Sainte Mere-Eglise, France. It is a long tradition to commemorate the events of D-Day.

Christian Verdeaux, a French national dressed in an authentic World War II U.S. Army Airborne uniform visited the graves of some members of the "Big Red One" to show his gratitude for the sacrifices they made 65 years ago on D-Day. He is at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, which overlooks Omaha Beach and the English Channel.

Hundreds of U.S. Soldiers pass by an American tank displayed at the Utah Beach museum while visiting Utah Beach, France during the 65th anniversary of D-Day. The tour allows the Soldiers a historic perspective on the sacrifices and accomplishments of their predecessors.

Retired Ranger Colonel Nightingale explains in detail the significant accomplishments and events of D-Day to reserve and active duty PSYOP and Civil Affair Soldiers at Neuville, France where Soldiers of World War II made significant sacrifices and amazing tactical accomplishments.

Staff Sgt. Carbonel shakes the hand of a European re-enactor who said that his family members were saved by U.S. Soldiers on D-Day 65 years ago. To commemorate those sacrifices, they dress up in authentic 1940s Airborne uniforms during the D-Day anniversary festivities annually.

A local from the town of Sainte Mere-Eglise talks to American Soldiers before bringing them to his home for a celebratory dinner. Residents from throughout the Normandy region took part in a long standing tradition in honor of the veterans that sacrificed their lives on D-Day.
Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo


Necromancer said...

Could you possibly add this to links?

Buck said...

Great photos, Cynthia. Thank you.