Normandy, France – The 79th anniversary of D-Day was marked with solemn ceremonies and tributes to the brave soldiers who fought in World War II. Veterans and their families traveled from across the globe to be in Normandy for the occasion.
The day began with a remembrance ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial where wreaths were laid and the French and American national anthems were sung. The ceremony was followed by a procession to the beach where the D-Day invasion occurred.
For many veterans, it was an emotional experience to return to the site of the historic battle. “I lost so many friends that day. It’s something I’ll never forget,” said George Smith, a 95-year-old veteran who traveled from the US to attend the ceremony.
In addition to the remembrance ceremony, there were also events held to honor the contributions of women during the war. A special exhibition at the Mémorial de Caen, a museum dedicated to the Second World War, showcased the stories of women who served as spies, nurses, and resistance fighters.
The legacy of D-Day was also explored in a reader commentary piece in the Baltimore Sun, which highlighted its impact on families who had loved ones involved in the war. “D-Day was a turning point in history, and its legacy continues to be felt today,” wrote the author.
As the day drew to a close, visitors and veterans alike were left with a sense of gratitude for those who fought and sacrificed for freedom. “We must never forget what they did for us,” said Smith. “We owe them everything.”