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Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

YOGI BERRA, D-DAY ROCKET BOAT VET, HONORED FOR SERVICE

Seventy years ago, Lawrence Peter Berra was a 19-year-old from St. Louis on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy. The minor league baseball player, who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody day. Now 89 years old, Berra was honored by the New Jersey museum that bears his name, as well as by the Navy and several veterans groups. His age prevented him from participating in ceremonies in France. He sat in a wheelchair, a wearing a Navy blue Yankees windbreaker in the air conditioned room, along with a Yankees cap. He told The Associated Press afterward that D-Day was “amazing” and “awful,” as he fired at the Nazis from 300 yards offshore.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial commemorated the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, took part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also included Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

VETS AT WWII MEMORIAL

Dozens of veterans who fought on D-Day were present at the World War II Memorial ceremony in Washington. Navy veteran Frank Shea, 88, of Clifton, New Jersey, was a radio operator with a Navy ship on D-Day. His job was to relay the situation on the beach back to headquarters. He said he felt proud on Friday to be recognized for his service. “When I got out of the Navy, I had to hitchhike home, with a seabag on my shoulder. That’s the kind of celebration they were giving,” Shea said. “This is very nice. It’s very ornamental, and I appreciate it.”

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT DEMONSTRATION AT WORLD WAR II TRAINING BASE

The Navy had an amphibious assault demonstration at one of the bases that was used to help train the assault boat coxswains and others who went ashore on D-Day. Hundreds of sailors and Marines attended the beachside ceremony at Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. About a dozen military craft participated in a demonstration of what it looks like for the military to storm a beach in the modern era.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

YOGI BERRA, D-DAY ROCKET BOAT VET, HONORED FOR SERVICE

Seventy years ago, Lawrence Peter Berra was a 19-year-old from St. Louis on a small attack boat launching rockets at the Germans during the Allied invasion of Normandy. The minor league baseball player, who would later become known worldwide as Yogi, emerged unscathed from that bloody day. Now 89 years old, Berra was honored by the New Jersey museum that bears his name, as well as by the Navy and several veterans groups. His age prevented him from participating in ceremonies in France. He sat in a wheelchair, a wearing a Navy blue Yankees windbreaker in the air conditioned room, along with a Yankees cap. He told The Associated Press afterward that D-Day was “amazing” and “awful,” as he fired at the Nazis from 300 yards offshore.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial commemorated the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, took part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also included Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

VETS AT WWII MEMORIAL

Dozens of veterans who fought on D-Day were present at the World War II Memorial ceremony in Washington. Navy veteran Frank Shea, 88, of Clifton, New Jersey, was a radio operator with a Navy ship on D-Day. His job was to relay the situation on the beach back to headquarters. He said he felt proud on Friday to be recognized for his service. “When I got out of the Navy, I had to hitchhike home, with a seabag on my shoulder. That’s the kind of celebration they were giving,” Shea said. “This is very nice. It’s very ornamental, and I appreciate it.”

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT DEMONSTRATION AT WORLD WAR II TRAINING BASE

The Navy had an amphibious assault demonstration at one of the bases that was used to help train the assault boat coxswains and others who went ashore on D-Day. Hundreds of sailors and Marines attended the beachside ceremony at Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia. About a dozen military craft participated in a demonstration of what it looks like for the military to storm a beach in the modern era.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion on Omaha Beach. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. “Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed the shots. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. Three helicopters showered a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. A French military frigate, the Lafayette, was moored near the statue, which was a gift from France. Hundreds of history buffs, World War II veterans and active duty military members gathered for the event. Children unfurled two giant flags at the base of the statue: One American, one French. The band then played both countries’ national anthems. The ceremony also included a 21-gun salute to honor veterans of the war.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard teamed up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, left its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailed to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment fired its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. A pair of helicopters was showering a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France. Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems. A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, is leaving its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailing to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. A pair of helicopters was showering a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France. Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems. A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, is leaving its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailing to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches at Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. He spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s devastating scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.” His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

DIGNITARIES, VETERANS TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives. “France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.” In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought.

US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

The seven returning vets from the U.S. 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died in the invasion. At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a hailstorm of German machine gun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day. Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen 70 years ago. A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is saying “thank you” to the United States for its help in World War II. A pair of helicopters was showering a million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France. Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems. A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington. D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall. Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

AT THE WWII MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, planned two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. marking the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf. The ceremony included presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal. A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches.

PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the anniversary with a parachute jump involving more than 300 paratroopers in the skies over North Carolina. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy. The Fort Bragg soldiers are receiving history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary. The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, is leaving its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard and sailing to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return. The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the hallowed beaches of Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“These men waged war so that we might know peace,” Obama said, referring to the veterans of that fierce battle who traveled long distances to the remote historic site and received a long standing ovation when the president recognized them. “They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

“France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.”

In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought. Ceremonies large and small were taking place across Normandy and around the world.

-US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

As the sun came up over the Normandy coast, the seven returning vets from the 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died where more than 150,000 other U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied forces came ashore on June 6, 1944.

At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a deafening hailstorm of German machinegun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day.

Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen here 70 years ago.

A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace,” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the hallowed beaches of Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“These men waged war so that we might know peace,” Obama said, referring to the veterans of that fierce battle who traveled long distances to the remote historic site and received a long standing ovation when the president recognized them. “They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

“France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.”

In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought. Ceremonies large and small were taking place across Normandy and around the world.

-US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

As the sun came up over the Normandy coast, the seven returning vets from the 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died where more than 150,000 other U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied forces came ashore on June 6, 1944.

At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a deafening hailstorm of German machinegun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day.

Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen here 70 years ago.

A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace,” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the hallowed beaches of Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“These men waged war so that we might know peace,” Obama said, referring to the veterans of that fierce battle who traveled long distances to the remote historic site and received a long standing ovation when the president recognized them. “They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

“France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.”

In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought. Ceremonies large and small were taking place across Normandy and around the world.

-US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

As the sun came up over the Normandy coast, the seven returning vets from the 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died where more than 150,000 other U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied forces came ashore on June 6, 1944.

At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a deafening hailstorm of German machinegun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day.

Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen here 70 years ago.

A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace,” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events held or planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the hallowed beaches of Normandy in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“These men waged war so that we might know peace,” Obama said, referring to the veterans of that fierce battle who traveled long distances to the remote historic site and received a long standing ovation when the president recognized them. “They sacrificed so that we might be free. They fought in hopes of a day when we’d no longer need to fight. We are grateful to them.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Several men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

“France will never forget what it owes these soldiers, what it owes the United States,” French President Francois Hollande said at the Normandy American Cemetery. “Vive l’Amerique! Vive la France! And long live the memory of those who fell here for our liberty.”

In all, 19 world leaders, more than 1,000 veterans and many others gathered to honor the troops and civilians who fell in mighty battles that helped bring Europe peace and unity.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a few German veterans also took part in Friday’s ceremony, as a gesture of the European unity that the Allied victory brought. Ceremonies large and small were taking place across Normandy and around the world.

-US D-DAY VETS HONOR FALLEN COMRADES

As the sun came up over the Normandy coast, the seven returning vets from the 29th Infantry Division and their family members raised a toast to those who died where more than 150,000 other U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied forces came ashore on June 6, 1944.

At 6:30 a.m., the precise hour that the first waves of infantry began wading ashore under a deafening hailstorm of German machinegun and mortar fire, the men, most now in their 90s, raised glasses of bracing Calvados apple brandy to the memory of friends killed that day.

Hundreds of onlookers crowded the beach, including many re-enactors in period army uniforms. Some drove vintage jeeps and armored vehicles like those that would have been seen here 70 years ago.

A military band of serving 29th division members played taps and “Amazing Grace,” before the seven vets walked off the beach to the applause of hundreds of onlookers.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches of Normandy and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

As the sun rose over Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches of Normandy and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

As the sun rose over Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches of Normandy and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

As the sun rose over Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches of Normandy and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

As the sun rose over Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-OBAMA HONORS WWII GENERATION AT NORMANDY

President Barack Obama visited the beaches of Normandy and said “the tide was turned in that common struggle for freedom” on D-Day and now lives on in a new generation.

Obama spoke from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the battle’s most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. He described D-Day’s violent scene in vivid terms, recalling that “by daybreak, blood soaked the water” and “thousands of rounds bit into flesh and sand.”

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

His speech came after he met privately with some of the dwindling number of surviving troops who fought Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, along with those who have served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France.

As the sun rose over Omaha Beach, flags flew at half-staff. A U.S. military band played Taps, while D-Day veterans from the 29th Infantry Division and serving soldiers stood at attention at exactly 6:30 a.m., the moment on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops first waded ashore.

“Twenty-nine, let’s go!” they shouted, then downed shots of Calvados, Normandy apple brandy.

Hundreds of Normandy residents and other onlookers applauded the veterans, then began forming a human chain on the beach.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are converging on Normandy to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day troops who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also in attendance, invited by French President Francois Hollande in a gesture toward the 27 million Soviet citizens killed in World War II.

The D-Day commemorations are also offering a moment to try to reconcile Russia and Ukraine, and Russia and the West.

Putin is meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Deauville on the Normandy coast Friday morning, after meeting Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday night. Ukraine’s president-elect is also coming to Normandy, and there is hope he and Putin may meet, too.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.

D-Day anniversary events around US and abroad

KDWN

Friday is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Here are some of the events planned around the United States and in France:

-DIGNITARIES TAKE TO NORMANDY

Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest seaborne invasion ever mounted.

World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather Friday at Sword Beach to honor the more than 150,000 U.S., British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were also scheduled to attend.

-ROSE PETALS OVER LADY LIBERTY

France is set to say thank you to the United States for its help in World War II.

A pair of helicopters will shower 1 million rose petals on the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor on Friday. The statue was a gift from France.

Also, 130 French and American children will unfurl flags and sing the countries’ national anthems.

A 21-gun salute will honor veterans of the war and commemorate the invasion that led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

-WREATH LAYING AT WWII MEMORIAL

The National Park Service and the Friends of the World War II Memorial will commemorate the anniversary Friday with a ceremony and wreath laying at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

D-Day veterans, along with representatives from the Allied Nations that participated in the Normandy Campaign, will take part in laying wreaths along the Memorial’s Freedom Wall.

Participants also include Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Elliot “Toby” Roosevelt III, great-grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

-WWII MUSEUM MARKS D-DAY

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which opened June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum, scheduled two days of activities starting with a ceremony at 6:30 a.m. Friday to mark the hour at which Allied troops began slogging through waist-high surf toward Normandy beaches.

The ceremony will include presentation of the French Legion of Honor to veterans who served in France. The French government decided several years ago that all U.S. World War II veterans who fought there or contributed to its liberation are eligible for the medal.

A war game Saturday, with dice deciding success or failure of the players’ tactics, will take place on a diorama of Normandy’s beaches. The diorama will be displayed for the full weekend.

-PARACHUTE JUMP AT FORT BRAGG

Fort Bragg is marking the 70th anniversary of the largest airborne assault in history with a parachute jump. More than 300 paratroopers take to the North Carolina skies on Friday to remember the soldiers who jumped into Nazi-occupied northern France on June 6, 1944. Paratroopers from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were among the first soldiers to fight in Normandy.

The Fort Bragg soldiers on Friday will receive a history presentation about the D-Day operation and watch a video before donning their parachutes and jumping onto the post’s Normandy Drop Zone.

-FINDING ROOM FOR D-DAY MEMORIAL TOURISTS

Organizers are expecting up to 10,000 visitors to National D-Day Memorial events in Bedford, Virginia. Bedford has only two hotels, and Nicole Johnson with the National D-Day Memorial Foundation tells The Roanoke Times that event organizers are working with tourism groups to ensure visitors have a place to stay.

The Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center is expecting 400 people to attend its annual dinner for the D-Day anniversary. Sales associate Heather Massey says guests are flying in from as far as France, Ireland and England.

-HISTORIC WARSHIP SALUTES ANNIVERSARY

The nation’s oldest commissioned warship and the Massachusetts National Guard are teaming up to salute the anniversary.

The USS Constitution, whose service dates back to 1797, will leave its berth in Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday morning and sail to Castle Island to fire a cannon salute to the historic Fort Independence fortification on Boston Harbor. The National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment will fire its ceremonial cannons in return.

The custom dates to 1797, when the new USS Constitution saluted the fort, which had transferred that year from the state to U.S. government service.

-U.S. FLAG SELLS FOR $350,000

A U.S. flag from one of the thousands of Allied ships that delivered troops to the Normandy beaches sold Thursday for $350,000 at a New York City auction of hundreds of D-Day and other World War II artifacts.

An unnamed online buyer won the spirited bidding at Bonhams in Manhattan for the flag that flew aboard the U.S.-built LST 493. The flag went for far more than the pre-sale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

The auction also featured rare printouts of the original series of hourly Dow Jones news bulletins with some of the first reports of the fighting on France’s north coast. They fetched $10,000. The flag and documents were owned by military collector and historian Rodney Hilton Brown.

The auction also included battlefield souvenirs, innovative wartime technology, rare documents and photographs from the war’s European and Pacific theaters.