Commemoration of the 64th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion

Friday June 6, 2008

What is it?

The U.S. Army commemorates the 64th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France.

What has the Army done?

The Army commemorates the 64th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, June 6-8. Maj. Gen. David A. Morris, commander of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) (USACAPOC(A)) will deliver the keynote speech at Omaha Beach on June 7. Ceremonies include wreath laying at several American military cemeteries. Soldiers from the Army Reserve, USACAPOC(A) and U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army (USAREUR/7A) will participate.

One highlight is an airborne drop at St. Mere Eglise, France, by elements of the U.S. Army Reserve's USACAPOC(A), the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) and Soldiers from the 21st Theater Sustainment Command (21st TSC). This year's airborne operation includes Soldiers from three Army Reserve quartermaster companies located in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, and Soldiers from France, Britain and Germany.

It is an honor for Soldiers to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices made during that famous campaign and throughout World War II (WWII). Every year, WWII veterans visit the fields of battle where they fought, especially in Normandy. Every chance we get to introduce WWII veterans to the veterans is an opportunity to link past and present and carry that proud heritage forward. Today's Soldiers, like their brothers in arms from D-Day, continue to serve in the name of freedom.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

Community outreach in Europe has a different connotation than in the United States. The 64th D-day landings anniversary and Memorial Day ceremonies held last month at American Military Cemeteries across Europe are an important opportunity to connect with citizens of some of our strongest allies and partners today and with American citizens and veterans living or visiting abroad. As memories fade and fewer people recall the events of six decades ago, these events are essential reminders of the cost of our freedom. Ties built over the past 60 years and the enduring relationships with our NATO allies, past and present, help send strong signals of unwavering friendship and solidarity.

Why is this important to the Army?

USAREUR/7A and its subordinate commands, such as SETAF and the 21st TSC, are uniquely positioned to conduct host nation community outreach. While exercises and training with our allies and coalition partner's militaries are important, events strengthen ties with partner nation's citizenry. Paying tribute to our fallen heroes from past wars sends a powerful message of solidarity to our coalition partners, strengthens bonds we share with all our allies and build relationships for the future.

Resources:

Video: D-Day: June 6,1944

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

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OF INTEREST

  • 'Army Wives' becomes Lifetime's go-to series (AZS)
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WORLD VIEW

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WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Army: U.S. chemical weapons incineration on track (HP)
  • In pictures: Mahdi army caches seized in Sadr City (LWJ)
  • "Warriors...in their own words" (P&K)
  • Soldier for a day (SM)
  • Environmentalism's impact on training (Rofasix)
  • No time for boredom (BN)
  • Spike's salute to the troops (SP)

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Events

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

-Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

-Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It is because of his dedication that Ross solidified the very core of our Soldier's Creed. ... The second paragraph of the Soldier's Creed is known as the Warrior Ethos. Ross epitomized that ethos on that December day in Adhamiyah."

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston, at the unveiling of a new headstone for Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Ross A. McGinnis

Army unveils new headstone for Medal of Honor recipients

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