The D-Day Invasion: Marking 80 Years

June 6, 2024
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A war correspondent’s dearest wish is to be unemployed.

Robert Capa, one of few war correspondents embedded with the U.S. military during the early hours of D-Day. Capa captured some of the only photographs of the historic invasion from the perspective of U.S. soldiers landing on Omaha Beach, Normandy … including the photo featured in this post.

THE GOAL OF OUR REPORTING IS SIMPLE:

We all likely know of “D-Day“: June 6th, 1944.

But what more can we learn to truly understand why it matters and how it impacted America’s story and beyond? Let’s start here: With a reminder, that while we will honor and share stories from that day and beyond … we wish war never happened. And we won’t conflict celebrating the lives impacted with celebrating conflict itself.

Jenna’s recent trip to Normandy, France and her on the ground reporting provides unique perspective as we mark the anniversary of a pivotal moment in world history.

FOLLOW ALONG:

  • Follow Jenna’s Instagram coverage HERE.
  • Watch our special report HERE (Join us LIVE at 12:00PM CDT on Thursday, June 6th)
  • Stay Tuned … we will create a post that links to all of the poignant moments captured during Jenna’s recent reporting trip to Normandy, France.
  • … and carry on the conversation below with a collection of additional stories and historical context.

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MORE STORIES:

Brave and True: LISTEN TO the opening prayer at the 80th anniversary of D-Day commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery – where the graves of 9,000+ service members overlook Omaha beach. (Prayer delivered by Command Chaplain at US. Army Medicine, Karen Meeker.)

“He Had a Real Zest for Living”: A US veteran (102), who served in the Pacific theater, died en route to Normandy, France, and in his final moments, a doctor played music by his favorite musician … Frank Sinatra.

With Sand from Omaha Beach:
A special French tradition gives the names of D-Day’s fallen a golden shine.

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Photo by Robert Capa: “Assault landing, one of the first waves at Omaha. The Coast Guard caption identifies the unit as Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History” (U.S. Army).

by Aimee Roberts, based in Virginia

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