Event will mark 73 years since the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, France and will honor the more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded on that day.
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) will commemorate the 73 years since 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France during a special commemoration and wreath presentation at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
As part of the ceremony, several WWII and D-Day veterans will place wreaths at the Atlantic Arch of the World War II Memorial in memory of the 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded during the invasion. Lieutenant Gary H. Cheek, Director of the Army Staff, will speak and present a wreath during the event. Friends chairman Josiah Bunting III will also provide remarks and the Military District of Washington will provide military support for the event.
This year’s D-Day ceremony is being held in conjunction with a concert by the D-Day Memorial Wind Band presented by Music Celebrations International. The concert, which will begin at 10:45 a.m. and continue at the conclusion of the ceremony at approximately 11:30 a.m., will be conducted by the legendary WWII D-Day veteran Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel and Colonel Dennis M. Layendecker. The D-Day Memorial Wind Band also will perform throughout the ceremony.