D-Day 70th Anniversary Planning

According to the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the Government of France is offering to provide D-Day veterans and a guest round-trip transportation from Paris to Normandy, and lodging and meals and transportation while in Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overload in June. Travel to/from Paris from the United States or elsewhere is the responsibility of the individual. Paris-based Benjamin Franklin Post 605 is assisting by collecting the names of VFW and other D-Day veterans who plan to attend. Please email the following information as soon as possible to Chuck Steiner at VFW Post 605 at cjsteiner@aol.com:
Full name, age, home address of veteran (including home/cell phone and email)
Indicate if a D-Day, or Normandy campaign, or World War II veteran
Escort or guest’s name (if more than one, so indicate)
Special needs (e.g., wheelchair)
Dates of planned attendance (arrival to and departure from France)
If unable to send by email, address regular mail to Chuck Steiner , Benjamin Franklin Post 605, 4 rue du General Lecere, 92130, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. Other World War II veterans who plan to attend should forward this information too; the French government may also extend similar support to them. Be advised, however: the in-country support is subject to revision.
D-Day Anniversary Plan B: Can’t make it to France? Then consider a trip to the nation’s capital, where the friends of the World War II Memorial will host the 70th Anniversary Commemoration at 11 a.m., June 6, at the memorial. Read more: http://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/
This information was provided by the VFW Action Corps (May 9, 2014)

Please advise your membership that they are also welcome to attend the D-Day 70th Anniversary events at the National World War II Museum, listed on the museum‘s website www.nationalww2museum.org. The events begin with an "H-Hour Ceremony" at 6:30 a.m. (CDT) and continue through the day and into D-Day on Saturday, June 7. – William M. "Bill" Detweiler, Consultant for Military and Veterans Affairs, The National World War II Museum


  1. Many of my family was there at Normandy and my father's brother lost over 1/2 his battalion and his best friend there and was also at Omaha and Italy. RIP to ALL of my father's family who served and several perished at Normandy, several were POWs in Germany, many were at Normandy, Italy, Battle of the Bulge, one was a Co-Pilot and shot down over Hamburg, Germany and POW at Stalag Luft III until they were liberated by Russian Forces in April 1945 & several liberated the Jewish camps, many family members were actual decorated heroes. Several served under General Patton and General MacArthur in Europe. We had quite a few WACs and others who served in all branches of WWII to help gain our freedoms from Hitler's Nazi-ism oppression. I also want to pay tribute especially to 5 who perished at Pearl Harbor and all the many others during WWII in ALL the countries where they served. MAY THEY ALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. RIP Daddy, Semper Fi, Korea, Okinawa and Philippines. WITHOUT THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN - OUR WORLD WOULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY! We must teach our children to be grateful and NEVER ever forget!
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