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Louisianians marks D-Day invasion 70 years ago

© Ray Clifton Moss ( 1922 - 1981) © Ray Clifton Moss ( 1922 - 1981)
For over two and a half years the allies planned and gathered their military strength to hurl into the decisive amphibious invasion of northern France and strike a mortal blow against the empire of Nazi Germany. In anticipation, Adolf Hitler stockpiled reserves across French coastlines into the Atlantic Wall defenses, determined to drive the Allied forces back into the sea. There will be no second chance for the Allies: the fate of their cause hangs upon this decisive day.

American troops storm the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. D-Day was the largest seaborne invasion in history. More than 150,000 Allied troops -- about half of them Americans -- invaded Western Europe, overwhelming German forces in an operation that proved to be a turning point in World War II.

From KTBS viewer Annette Moss: My husband's father, Ray Clifton Moss (1922 - 1981), served in WW 11 in the armored tank unit (pictured right). He served under General Omar Bradley and when the general wanted to ride in a tank he always rode in Ray Moss's tank because he was an excellent shot. He had 2 sons who also served in the military . He was a very brave man.

Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home
The ArkLaTex is also remembering the sacrafices made that day.  The Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home hosted a special program for their residents.  The center showed film about the invasion followed by a patriotic performance.  One of the home's residents, Cleveland Moore, was at Normandy that day and was a special guest at today's ceremony. 

D-Day 70 at The National WWII Museum
As the world comes together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, The National WWII Museum, which originally opened as The National D-Day Museum in 2000, honored, educated and reflected both in New Orleans and abroad.

At approximately 6:30am on the morning of June 6, 1944, troops first began landing on the beaches of Normandy. The Museum kicked off today with an emotional H-Hour ceremony featuring James Carville as Master of Ceremonies.  It included a moment of silence as a tribute to the first waves of the invasion. The ceremony also included the Museum’s historian, an Army Chaplain and a D-Day veteran who recounted his personal experience.

The main D-Day ceremony at the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center included a very special presentation of the French Legion of Honor to a number of WWII veterans who helped liberate France from Nazi rule.

Throughout the day, guests had the rare opportunity to get on board the Museum's authentic LCVP replica while imagining how it must have felt to disembark into a wall of fire on the beaches of Normandy. Looping newsreels replicated the way most Americans experienced D-Day. Musical performances and children's activities were also held.

John C. McManus, author of The Dead and Those About to Die, the story of the Big Red One's harrowing assault on Omaha Beach, spoke this afternoon. And after reflecting on the lasting significance of the invasion, visitors to the Museum and on social media also got the opportunity to answer the question "What does D-Day mean to you?"

The evening will continue with an outdoor film-screening of episodes one and two of the HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, on the Museum parade grounds.  Events continue on Saturday, June 7 with reenactors, family activities, tours, musical performances, film screenings and an additional lecture by Dr. John C. McManus and an exploration by Dr. Gunter Bischof on D-Day from the French, American and German point of view.

View a full schedule of events.

Can’t join the commemoration in New Orleans? Follow the story of D-Day as told though the Museum’s collection of artifacts images and oral histories.  This 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration is brought to you with support from American Legion Ed Brauner Post #307.
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