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June 6, 1944 - Invasion of Normandy

On June 6, 1944 Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany.  With 176,000 troops arriving by landing craft and ships as well as nearly 14,000 aircraft, the Allied forces were able to secure Northern France within 3 months despite a vicious effort by Nazi forces.  


Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944, two days after the beginning of the Normandy Invasion.  Here lie the graves of 9,387 men, many of whom remain un-identified to this day. 

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See presentation: "They don't forget" - Normandy still honors American WWII pilot's sacrifice.

See video: "D-Day - The Price of Freedom"
The story of Veterans' return to Normandy



Experiences from the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii

Lori Von Koenig, Director of the Lakeshore Marching Band tells of their experiences at the D-Day Memorial Parade

Pearl Harbor Survivor shares a great story with the Chantilly Band during their visit to Pearl Harbor.

Tift County Blue Devil Brigade Marching Band Director, Rickey Savage talks about participating in the parade.

Governor Abercrombie addresses Pearl Harbor Survivors and other participants during parade's opening Ceremony.

Michael Kessler from the Young Marines talks about their experience while participating in the Parade.

Drew Ross, Director of the Chantilly High School Marching Band talks about how honored they were to participate.

Earl Hurrey, retired member of the President's Own Marine Band talks about this opportunity for young bands.

Representing the Battleship Missouri, the S. Kitsap band directors talk about their invaluable experience.

The CH Flowers HS Band representing the USS Maryland and the state of Maryland share their experience