Paratroopers revisit roots in D-Day Commemoration

By Sgt. Michael MacLeodJune 6, 2011

A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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A ceremony in Ste. Mere Eglise during which and 82nd Paratrooper was presented with the French Legion of Honor. Sen. John Kerry was present for to congratulate the honoree.
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World War II veteran Fred Morgan, who jumped into Normandy as a paratrooper medic with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Allied invasion of France, embraces the current commanding general of the division, Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins June 5, 2011, at La Fiere, France.  Morgan and another veteran medic were present for the dedication of a memorial plaque to Allied medics at a memorial to paratroopers.
11 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – World War II veteran Fred Morgan, who jumped into Normandy as a paratrooper medic with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Allied invasion of France, embraces the current commanding general of the division, Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins June 5, 2011, at La Fiere, France. Morgan and another veteran medic were present for the dedication of a memorial plaque to Allied medics at a memorial to paratroopers. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A German army band salutes American paratroopers during festivities to mark the 67th anniversary of D-Day, June 5, 2011, in Sainte Mere Eglise, France.  U.S. Army paratroopers with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions liberated the town after parachuting in before dawn on June 6, 1944.
12 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A German army band salutes American paratroopers during festivities to mark the 67th anniversary of D-Day, June 5, 2011, in Sainte Mere Eglise, France. U.S. Army paratroopers with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions liberated the town after parachuting in before dawn on June 6, 1944. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A poster advertising the 67th Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion of France appears in a storefront in Sainte Mere Eglise, a Norman village liberated by the 82nd Airborne Division.  This year, as in years past, paratroopers with the storied All American division participated in memorial ceremonies and parachute into a nearby field, re-enacting the jump the division made in the predawn hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944.
13 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A poster advertising the 67th Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion of France appears in a storefront in Sainte Mere Eglise, a Norman village liberated by the 82nd Airborne Division. This year, as in years past, paratroopers with the storied All American division participated in memorial ceremonies and parachute into a nearby field, re-enacting the jump the division made in the predawn hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A stained-glass window in the church of Angoville au Plain, France, casts a light to the memory of U.S. Army paratroopers who wrested the village from the German army following the Allied invasion of France June 6, 1944.  The church was once used by two Army medics to care for over 70 U.S. and German soldiers as fighting raged outside.
14 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A stained-glass window in the church of Angoville au Plain, France, casts a light to the memory of U.S. Army paratroopers who wrested the village from the German army following the Allied invasion of France June 6, 1944. The church was once used by two Army medics to care for over 70 U.S. and German soldiers as fighting raged outside. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fireworks explode over the church steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 4, 2011, during a week of festivities and memorial ceremonies that commemorate the Allied invasion of France 67 years ago.  People come from all over the world to remember the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe.
15 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Fireworks explode over the church steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 4, 2011, during a week of festivities and memorial ceremonies that commemorate the Allied invasion of France 67 years ago. People come from all over the world to remember the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, recounts to an audience of several thousand the heroic efforts of 82nd paratroopers to capture a nearby bridge capable of supporting armor from the Germans during a memorial ceremony June 5, 2011, at La Fiere, France.  His paratroopers were scheduled to parachute into a nearby drop zone, but foul weather forced the jump to be called off.
16 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, recounts to an audience of several thousand the heroic efforts of 82nd paratroopers to capture a nearby bridge capable of supporting armor from the Germans during a memorial ceremony June 5, 2011, at La Fiere, France. His paratroopers were scheduled to parachute into a nearby drop zone, but foul weather forced the jump to be called off. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Several dignitaries, including Maj. Gen. James Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division (in the maroon beret at left), lay flowers at a memorial to the soldiers who fought and died in the La Fiere, France, area just after D-Day, during a ceremony June 5, 2011.  A replica of the statue at left, known as “Iron Mike,” also exists at the division’s home base of Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the airborne.
17 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Several dignitaries, including Maj. Gen. James Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division (in the maroon beret at left), lay flowers at a memorial to the soldiers who fought and died in the La Fiere, France, area just after D-Day, during a ceremony June 5, 2011. A replica of the statue at left, known as “Iron Mike,” also exists at the division’s home base of Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the airborne. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A dozen French re-enactors gather in the back of a vintage World War II truck at the La Fiere bridge over the Merderet River June 5, 2011, to watch paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division and other Army parachutists jump into a nearby drop zone to commemorate airborne operations during D-Day.  They belong to an association of 100 members who restore World War II –era U.S. Army vehicles, equipment and uniforms to display at commemorations.
18 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A dozen French re-enactors gather in the back of a vintage World War II truck at the La Fiere bridge over the Merderet River June 5, 2011, to watch paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division and other Army parachutists jump into a nearby drop zone to commemorate airborne operations during D-Day. They belong to an association of 100 members who restore World War II –era U.S. Army vehicles, equipment and uniforms to display at commemorations. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, stands with a color guard before the town hall of Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 5, 2011, to commemorate the division’s role in liberating the area from the Germans on D-Day.  At right are World War II veteran U.S. Army paratroopers who jumped into northern France on D-Day.
19 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen. Jim Huggins, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, stands with a color guard before the town hall of Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 5, 2011, to commemorate the division’s role in liberating the area from the Germans on D-Day. At right are World War II veteran U.S. Army paratroopers who jumped into northern France on D-Day. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
French children walk past World War II veteran paratroopers to deliver floral arrangements to dignitaries who will lay them at a war memorial during a ceremony in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 5, 2011.  The ceremony is part of the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France.
20 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – French children walk past World War II veteran paratroopers to deliver floral arrangements to dignitaries who will lay them at a war memorial during a ceremony in Sainte Mere Eglise, France, June 5, 2011. The ceremony is part of the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
French children and other citizens of Sainte Mere Eglise, France, watch paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division taking part in the commemoration of the 67th Anniversary of the Allied invasion of France in a ceremony June 5, 2011.  Liberated by American paratroopers who jumped into the area in the pre-dawn hours of D-Day in 1944, the town of Sainte Mere Eglise has since been particularly fond of the 82nd Airborne Division.
21 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – French children and other citizens of Sainte Mere Eglise, France, watch paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division taking part in the commemoration of the 67th Anniversary of the Allied invasion of France in a ceremony June 5, 2011. Liberated by American paratroopers who jumped into the area in the pre-dawn hours of D-Day in 1944, the town of Sainte Mere Eglise has since been particularly fond of the 82nd Airborne Division. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Zane Schlemmer, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper who jumped into northern France as a sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, walks in his jump boots down the main street of Sainte Mere Eglise with other World War II veterans during the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France, June 5, 2011.  French citizens applaud as he and current paratroopers with the 82nd and other Army units parade past.
22 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Zane Schlemmer, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper who jumped into northern France as a sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, walks in his jump boots down the main street of Sainte Mere Eglise with other World War II veterans during the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France, June 5, 2011. French citizens applaud as he and current paratroopers with the 82nd and other Army units parade past. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
A World War II veteran and former paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division salutes the U.S. flag during a memorial ceremony held June 4, 2011, to honor his fallen comrades who died liberating Angoville au Plain, France, and surrounding areas following the Allied invasion of Normandy.  Citizens of Angoville hold the memorial ceremony every year.
23 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A World War II veteran and former paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division salutes the U.S. flag during a memorial ceremony held June 4, 2011, to honor his fallen comrades who died liberating Angoville au Plain, France, and surrounding areas following the Allied invasion of Normandy. Citizens of Angoville hold the memorial ceremony every year. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Citizens of Angoville au Plain, France, lay flowers at a memorial to honor the memories of paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division who died in and around their town during World War II in a ceremony June 4, 2011.  Many of the townspeople dress in period U.S. Army uniforms for the ceremony.
24 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Citizens of Angoville au Plain, France, lay flowers at a memorial to honor the memories of paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division who died in and around their town during World War II in a ceremony June 4, 2011. Many of the townspeople dress in period U.S. Army uniforms for the ceremony. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL
Staff Sgt. James Brawley and Sgt. Joshua Evans, paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division, compare their modern uniforms with a French re-enactor dressed as a World War II era paratrooper June 2, 2011, Sainte Mere Eglise, France.  Much as Civil War enthusiasts do in the U.S., re-enactors come from across Europe to commemorate the Allied invasion of France that led to Hitler’s defeat.
25 / 25 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. James Brawley and Sgt. Joshua Evans, paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division, compare their modern uniforms with a French re-enactor dressed as a World War II era paratrooper June 2, 2011, Sainte Mere Eglise, France. Much as Civil War enthusiasts do in the U.S., re-enactors come from across Europe to commemorate the Allied invasion of France that led to Hitler’s defeat. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod) VIEW ORIGINAL