June 6, 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day…the landing of the Allies on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. In a series of brief posts, Bill and I remember the highlights of our visit to Normandy in June 1994 for the 50th Anniversary.
Sainte-Mère-Eglise, June 5, 1994 – After visiting Ste-Mère-Eglise, Bill and I reboarded the bus for the drive to a nearby field for the re-enactment of Operation Overlord, Assembled were 560 troops from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, along with 38 World War II veterans from the 82nd and 101st (ages 68 to 83). After watching the re-enactment, one of the WWII veterans who had parachuted, said to Bill and me:
“When I jumped 50 years ago, I was scared to death. This time, I was only half scared to death.”
Dr. Warren Austin was a young Army doctor during the Allied invasion of Normandy. He was returning 50 years later as a passenger on the Royal Viking Sun, bringing with him his 50-year old uniform to wear at the D-Day events.