D-Day remembered at Wayne County Historical Society
HONESDALE, PA — To remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Wayne County Historical Society is inviting you to visit the Museum at 610 Main St., to view items from its World War II collection on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Any visitor who would like to participate is encouraged to leave a first-hand account of “Where were you?” on D-Day in 1944. A video presentation titled “D-Day: Reflections of Courage” will be shown every hour both days.
D-Day was a huge Allied invasion that took place on the beaches of Normandy, France beginning in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. Over 160,000 Allied troops came ashore along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-defended French coastline to fight Hitler’s German army. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by the end of the day on June 6, the Allies had gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high: more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded. But more than 100,000 Allied soldiers began military actions that led across Europe to defeat Hitler. D-Day was a major turning point in the outcome of World War II.