Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The Men of Omaha Beach paints the picture of Omaha Beach on 6 June 1944 and provides insight into the how and where the Normandy Invasion took place. After a brief introduction to why Omaha Beach, we focus upon individuals from the US 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions in the initial assault waves who overcame the German defenses and upon men of the US 2nd Ranger Battalion who captured the German gun positions at Pointe du Hoc. They are the men responsible for the success of the risky endeavor we call D-Day. Their lives before and after D-Day are briefly described. Some of these men returned home, and some didn’t. Period photographs show what it was like in 1944 and contemporary photographs show what some of these battle sites look like today. The presentation ends with a visit to Normandy American Cemetery, site of the bloodiest of the fighting and now a fitting tribute to these men’s sacrifices.