D-Day anniversary on Normandy beaches bring joy, sadness; ‘I’m proud of what I did’

6/7/2022 12:19:00 AM

Several thousand people attended a ceremony at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in the French town of Colleville-sur-Mer. They applauded more than 20 WWII veterans who were present at the commemoration.

Several thousand people attended a ceremony at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in the French town of Colleville-sur-Mer. They applauded more than 20 WWII veterans who were present at the commemoration.

Crowds of French and international visitors — including veterans in their 90s — were back in Normandy to pay tribute to the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the U.S., Canada and elsewhere who landed there on D-Day.

By SYLVIE CORBET and JEFF SCHAEFFER Associated Press • Jun 06, 2022 at 2:07 pm COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Joy and sadness in acute doses poured out Monday on the beaches of Normandy.Video from the military showed the veterans arriving in Europe and being greeted by multiple military personnel.Sadness as they think of their fallen comrades and of another battle now being waged in Europe: the war in Ukraine.Police: Tennessee Shooting Leads to 3 Dead, 14 Injured For the past two years, D-Day ceremonies were reduced to a minimum amid COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

As several dozen D-Day veterans — now all in their 90s — set foot on the sands that claimed so many colleagues, they are thankful for the gratitude and friendliness of the French toward those who landed here on June 6, 1944.The sadness comes as they think of their fallen comrades and of another battle now being waged in Europe: the war in Ukraine.Linda Fagan becomes first woman to lead a U.Advertisement As a bright sun rose Monday over the wide band of sand at Omaha Beach, U.D-Day veteran Charles Shay expressed thoughts for his comrades who fell that day.S.military branch "The flight, which touched down at Deauville Airport on Thursday, is the first time some of the veterans have returned to France since the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944," Delta Airlines said on Twitter.D-Day veteran Charles Shay expressed thoughts for his comrades who died here 78 years ago.Amid the dozens of U.

“I have never forgotten them and I know that their spirits are here,” he told The Associated Press.V.Shay, who now lives in Normandy, was a 19-year-old U.Advertisement The 98-year-old Penobscot Native American from Indian Island, Maine, took part in a sage-burning ceremony near the beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer.Shay, who now lives in Normandy, was a 19-year-old U.of Global Sales in a news release.S.ADVERTISEMENT This year, Shay handed over the remembrance task to another Native American, from the Crow tribe, Julia Kelly, a Gulf War veteran, who performed the sage ritual.Army medic when he landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.Their philosophy of taking care of those who took care of us is wholeheartedly shared by Delta and our employees.“We all got a little scared then.

Expand Image 1 of 18 Gen.Dwight Eisenhower tells paratroopers in Britain on June 5, 1944:"Full victory — nothing else," hours before the D-Day invasion.The Battle of Normandy hastened Germany’s defeat, which came less than a year later.” Shay’s message to young generations would be “to be ever vigilant.(U.S.More than 5,000 were injured.Army Signal Corps) He said he was especially sad to see war in Europe once again, so many years later.This year, crowds of French and international visitors — including veterans in their 90s — are back in Normandy to pay tribute to the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the U.S.

“Ukraine is a very sad situation.Normandy has more than 20 military cemeteries holding mostly Americans, Germans, French, British, Canadians and Polish troops who took part in the historic battle.I feel sorry for the people there and I don’t know why this war had to come, but I think the human beings like to, I think they like to fight.I don’t know,” he said.This story was reported from Los Angeles.Several thousand people were expected Monday at a ceremony later at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in the French town of Colleville-sur-Mer.“In 1944, I landed on these beaches and we thought we’d bring peace to the world.But it’s not possible." He was asked about the secret to his longevity.

” This year, Shay handed over the remembrance task to another Native American, Julia Kelly, a Gulf War veteran from the Crow tribe, who performed the sage ritual.veterans expected to attend was Ray Wallace, 97, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.“Never forget, never forget,” she said.“In this time, in any time, war is not good.” Shay’s message to young generations would be “to be ever vigilant.“We all got a little scared then.” “Of course I have to say that they should protect their freedom that they have now,” he said.On the German side, several thousand were killed or wounded.

For the past two years, D-Day ceremonies were reduced to a minimum amid COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.But this year, crowds of French and international visitors — including veterans in their 90s — were back in Normandy to pay tribute to the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the U.Less than a month later, he was taken prisoner by the Germans.S., Canada and elsewhere who landed there to bring freedom.Several thousand people attended a ceremony at the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in the French town of Colleville-sur-Mer.Still, Wallace thinks he was lucky.S.

They applauded more than 20 WWII veterans who were present at the commemoration.Advertisement Amid them was Ray Wallace, 97, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.On D-Day, his plane was hit and caught fire, forcing him to jump earlier than expected.“I guess you can say I’m proud of what I did but I didn’t do that much.He landed 20 miles away from the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first French village to be liberated from Nazi occupation.Expand Image 1 of 16 U.Thompson, who traveled from Florida with his wife, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.

S.On D-Day, Allied troops landed on the beaches code-named Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold, carried by 7,000 boats.World War II veteran nurse Betty Huffman Rosevear is greeted during the celebrations for the 78th D-Day anniversary in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France on June 5, 2022.(Jean-Francois Monier/Getty-AFP) “We all got a little scared then.And then whenever the guy dropped us out, we were away from where the rest of the group was.ADVERTISEMENT On the German side, several thousand were killed or wounded.That was scary,” Wallace told the AP.“I try to put myself in their place,” he said.

Less than a month later, he was taken prisoner by the Germans.He was ultimately liberated after 10 months and returned to the U.Many history buffs, wearing military and civilian clothes from the period, also came to stage a reenactment of the events.S.Still, Wallace thinks he was lucky.“I remember the good friends that I lost there.Air Force aircraft are to fly over the American Cemetery during the commemoration ceremony, in the presence of Army Gen.

So it’s a little emotional,” he said, with sadness in his voice.“I guess you can say I’m proud of what I did but I didn’t do that much.” He was asked about the secret to his longevity.For 82-year-old Dale Thompson, visiting the site over the weekend was a first.“Calvados!” he joked, in reference to Normandy’s local alcohol.Advertisement On D-Day, Allied troops landed on the beaches code-named Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword and Gold, carried by 7,000 boats.

On that single day, 4,414 Allied soldiers lost their lives, 2,501 of them Americans.military in the early 1960s.More than 5,000 were wounded.On the German side, several thousand were killed or wounded.Wallace, who is using a wheelchair, was among about 20 WWII veterans who opened Saturday’s parade of military vehicles in Sainte-Mere-Eglise to great applause from thousands of people, in a joyful atmosphere.“I try to put myself in their place,” he said.He did not hide his pleasure, happily waving to the crowd as parents explained the achievements of World War II heroes to their children.

Many history buffs, wearing military and civilian clothes from the period, also came to stage a reenactment of the events.In Colleville-sur-Mer on Monday, U.S.Air Force aircraft flew over the American Cemetery during the commemoration ceremony, in the presence of Army Gen.Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The place is home to the gravesites of 9,386 people who died fighting on D-Day and in the operations that followed.Milley had strong words about Ukraine at the American Cemetery ceremony, vowing that the U.S.and its allies would keep up their “significant” support to Ukraine.Advertisement “Kiev may be 2,000 kilometers away from here, they too, right now, today, are experiencing the same horrors as the French citizens experienced in World War II at the hands of the Nazi invader,” Milley said in a speech.

“Let’s not those only here be the last witnesses to a time when our Allies come together to defeat tyranny.” For 82-year-old Dale Thompson, visiting the site over the weekend was a first.Thompson, who traveled from Florida with his wife, served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S.military in the early 1960s.

He was stateside and saw no combat.Walking amid the thousands of marble headstones, Thompson wondered how he would have reacted if he landed at D-Day.“I try to put myself in their place,” he said.“Could I be as heroic as these people?” AP Journalists Oleg Cetinic and Jeremias Gonzalez contributed to the story.Advertisement.

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Crowds honor WWII veterans at Normandy D-Day celebrations'I remember the good friends that I lost there. So it’s a little emotional.' Ray Wallace, 97, a U.S. veteran who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, is among thousands of people attending ceremonies in Normandy, France, on the 78th anniversary of D-Day. I bet he was disgusted when president Biden force our military to surrender to the Taliban and let 13 soldiers die by the hands of the Taliban. We left 50 Billion dollar worth of military Equipment behind and wouldn't give any to the Ukraine before the waR. He is not a leader. Eternal Respect and memory for these braves who saved my family. 🇫🇷💕🇺🇸 True heroes, I just fear the free world doesn't wake up in time in this war, the same mistakes of appeasing Hitler are being repeated with Putin.

Crowds Honor WWII Veterans at Normandy D-Day CelebrationsSeveral dozen World War II veterans are expected to attend D-Day commemoration ceremonies Monday in France. For two years, D-Day ceremonies were reduced to a minimum amid COVID-19 restrictions. This year, crowds of French and international visitors are back in Normandy for the 78th anniversary. The ceremonies pay tribute to the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the U.S., Canada and elsewhere who landed on French beaches on June 6, 1944, to restore freedom to Europe after Nazi occupation. One U.S. vet, 97-year-old Ray Wallace, a former paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division thinks he was “lucky” despite being taken prisoner of war for 10 months. He says “I remember the good friends that I lost there” on the beaches of France.

Crowds honor WWII veterans at Normandy D-Day celebrationsSeveral dozen World War II veterans are expected to attend D-Day commemoration ceremonies Monday in France.

Crowds honor WWII veterans at Normandy D-Day celebrationsWhen D-Day veterans set foot on the Normandy beaches and other World War II sites, they express a mix of joy and sadness. Joy at seeing the gratitude and friendliness of the French toward those who landed on June 6, 1944. Sadness as they think of their fallen comrades and of another battle now being waged in Europe: the war in Ukraine.

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