All throughout the Normandy region of France, soldiers, leaders, and enthusiasts gather alike all week long to celebrate the anniversary of June 6, 1944, a day that unites all Europeans and Americans in the single bond of victory. They gather to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in what was to be the turning point in WWII, which would ultimately lead to the Allied victory.
Celebrations culminated in a special celebratory parade in St. Mere-Eglise, France, a strategic city which would link the Allied powers from the beaches to a specific area where the Allied powers could continue their campaign against tyranny.
Solemn memorial ceremonies to the Airborne and Ranger soldiers who assisted in taking out the Axis weaponry were held preceding the parade, and paratroopers participated in a commemorative jump, honoring those gone before them by carrying on their legacy.
The USAREUR Band, whose predecessors were led by Glenn Miller, marched the streets of liberated Europe once again, performing military marches that would have been performed in the era.
Significant speeches were given by General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, who spoke of the bravery of the young men, who were asked for far greater a sacrifice and selflessness than what should be expected of young men their age.
General Scaparrotti, along with the American Legion, was on hand to assist in dedicating a memorial plaque at the Iron Mike memorial in St. Mere-Eglise, France, close to where the Airborne soldiers would have landed 73 years ago.
Ceremonies will continue throughout the week marking the 73rd anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Allied Europe.