Friday, June 6 is the 70 Anniversary of one of World War II’s most climactic days of battle.
Back on June 6, 1944 D-Day was the day went the Allied forces landed on the Normandy coast of the German occupied France as explained in the book, Great Battles of World War II, Edited by Dr. Chris Mann.
This landing at Normandy was organized by Supreme Allied Commander General, Dwight Eisenhower. It was the largest amphibious operation in history and it was Normandy was chosen as the location for the British and Americans to return to Northern Europe, because Normandy provided “suitable beaches within range of land-based air cover,” (Great Battles of WWII).
There were many factors leading up to D-Day and Veteran, Joe Bradley wanted to make sure that the many women who helped prepare and worked hard in the factories, infirmaries and kitchens to help prepare the men for their battles not only at Normandy, but for all the WWII battles, were remembered.
On Thursday, May 29, WWII Veterans Ed Haynack, 87, and Bill Gieske, 88, met up at the Harrison American Legion Post 404 with Bradley and Dick Vershave who had set up a nice display of WWII uniforms, articles, photos, materials and ammo. All items were a collaboration of items from the Clare County Historical Society, Braley’s own collection and some are often used and shown at the Veterans Display.
The two men, who are both members of the Honor Guard of Clare County, arrived in their WWII uniforms, looking like they were ready to march into battle after all these years.
Bradley said that Marv Copenhaver, another WWII Veterans was also going to join his two WWII companions to take photos, but was unable to be reached.
Bradley explained that Copenhaver was one of the men who actually partook in D-Day and was on Omaha Beach back on June 6 of 1944.
The reason to try and get these three men together was to remember D-Day, honor the men who served during WWII and to remember all those men who served alongside them, but never made it back home.
Happy 70 Anniversary to all the men and women who served in, contributed to and supported in D-Day and WWII.