Veterans Observe Fiftieth Anniversary of D-Day (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: Allied veterans gathered in Normandy, France, to honor fallen comrades and their own achievements of June 6, 1944, when they successfully opened a new front in the European theater.
D-Day Veterans Return to France
On June 6, 1994, half a century after Allied forces landed in Normandy as the first stage in their return to northwestern Europe, survivors of that day gathered with world leaders to honor the invasion code-named Operation Overlord. Government and military leaders representing the nations whose soldiers debarked in France celebrated the successful invasion known as D-Day. British veterans formed the largest contingent, but veterans from the United States, France, Canada, Poland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Australia, and New Zealand gathered and were honored, perhaps for a last time.
All the towns and villages along the coast where the fifty-nine-mile front once stretched held celebrations honoring the returning few. Americans were addressed at Utah Beach and Omaha Beach by U.S. president Bill Clinton and French president François Mitterrand. The Canadians gathered at Juno Beach, and the British at Arromanches. French officials participated in tributes to wartime allies and in a ceremony honoring the French commandos who landed on D-Day.
For some, the fiftieth anniversary was a pilgrimage into the past. For many, it was...
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