Five ways to remember D-Day on his 78th birthday

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Monday marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the massive World War II operation in which the United States and its partners invaded Nazi-occupied France in a bid to weaken Germany’s mighty grip. over much of Europe.

More than 150,000 Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, and 4,415 of those deployed were killed that day, according to data kept at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Americans accounted for 2,502 of those victims.

Despite its heavy losses, D-Day was crucial in turning the tide of the war towards Allied victory in the European theater – creating what former President George W. Bush called “a debt that can never be repaid” to those who served.

As each passing anniversary leaves fewer and fewer battle veterans sharing their own stories, the legacy of D-Day remains one of the most revered of any military engagement in United States history.

Here are some ways people can take the time to honor those who served and reflect on the impact of D-Day:

Fly the Flag Monday

It was feared that the American continent could become a possible theater of war if the Allied forces failed to halt Germany’s advance; commanders rallied their troops as D-Day approached with the warning that freedom itself was at stake.

Although D-Day is not observed as a federal holiday, many homes across the country make it a point to fly the American flag each June 6, as they would on Memorial Day, the Day of the Independence and Veterans Day, both in honor of the armed forces. and the recognition of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.

Take virtual tours of the landing beaches, cemeteries

Plug the phrase “Normandy D-Day drone tour” into a YouTube search, and you can transport yourself to the modern French coast that served as the backdrop for Operation Overlord, the code name for the invasion du jour. J.

The geographical expanse of the combat zone is breathtaking, as are the rows and rows of perfectly aligned headstones at the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery. Here is just one example.

Read about Ohioans who gave their lives

Ancestry.com’s military division, Fold3, lists 130 Ohioans as D-Day victims, and its Stories Behind the Stars D-Day project seeks to build profiles of them and all Americans who gave their lives on D-Day.

Go to https://tinyurl.com/ddaystoriesohio to browse the database, which includes mention of eight men with ties to the Akron area.

After:Online project preserves legacy of D-Day victims in Akron area

Immerse yourself in a multimedia presentation

The History channel provides a detailed overview of the D-Day operation at www.history.com/d-day-operation-overlord-timeline-map/

Be sure to click on “Experience with audio” to listen to a recording of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to members of the Allied Expeditionary Force.

The presentation includes interactive maps, charts, archival film clips and video testimonials telling the story of the largest amphibious invasion in history.

Plan to watch a nearby reenactment

For three days each summer, a 250-meter stretch of Lake Erie beach in Conneaut hosts re-enactments of the Normandy landings

Tickets for the Aug. 18-20 event will be available starting Monday, according to organizer D-Day Ohio Inc.’s website.

The event at Conneaut Township Park is free, but tickets are required to help organizers moderate visitor traffic. Free tickets for a boat ride can also be requested.

Re-enactments at Conneaut started small in 1999 and have grown into an annual event that attracts over 1,500 re-enactors and over 45,000 spectators.

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