70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemorative Service in Anniston

That was Chief Deputy Matthew Wade of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office playing a moving rendition of Amazing Grace during the 70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemorative Service at the Berman Museum Of World History. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of strongly guarded French coastline, to battle Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” And, victory is what the allies gained. More than 300 people gathered at the ceremony to pay their respects and remember the heroes of that invasion. James Dozier, who was a Staff Sergeant in World War II, shared the day with fellow veterans and his wife of over 70 years. He listened to the speeches and reacted with pride and patriotism. Dozier says the success of D-Day laid the framework for the freedoms we have today. Guest Speaker Brigadier General Charles L. Gable spoke to the attendees about the sacrifices and professionalism of the Soldiers who gave their lives 70 years ago fighting to end the Nazi reign over Europe. The ceremony included music from the Alabama National Guard Brass Quintet, a flag ceremony from the East Central Alabama Young Marines, and singing from the HeartNotes of Parker Memorial Baptist Church. Rear Admiral W. Kent Davis presented a special recognition to the World War II veterans and spoke of their greatness. More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard effort across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s troops.

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