D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014
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WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial commemorated the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, took part in laying wreaths along the Memorial's Freedom Wall. Participants also included Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot "Toby" Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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VETS AT WWII MEMORIAL

Dozens of veterans who fought on D-Day were present at the World War II Memorial ceremony in Washington. Navy veteran Frank Shea, 88, of Clifton, New Jersey, was a radio operator with a Navy ship on D-Day. His job was to relay the situation on the beach back to headquarters. He said he felt proud on Friday to be recognized for his service. "When I got out of the Navy, I had to hitchhike home, with a seabag on my shoulder. That's the kind of celebration they were giving," Shea said. "This is very nice. It's very ornamental, and I appreciate it."

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PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post's Normandy Drop Zone.

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AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT DEMONSTRATION AT WORLD WAR II TRAINING BASE

The Navy had an amphibious assault demonstration at one of the bases that was used to help train the assault boat coxswains and others who went ashore on D-Day. Hundreds of sailors and Marines attended the beachside ceremony at Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. About a dozen military craft participated in a demonstration of what it looks like for the military to storm a beach in the modern era.

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HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation's oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard's 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.