Mass Parachute Jump Over Normandy Kicks Commemorations for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Source: US News & World Report

“Parachutists jumping from World War II-era planes hurled themselves Sunday into now peaceful Normandy skies where war once raged, heralding a week of ceremonies for the fast-disappearing generation of Allied troops who fought from D-Day beaches 80 years ago to Adolf Hitler’s fall, helping free Europe of his tyranny. All along the Normandy coastline — where then-young soldiers from across the United States, Britain, Canada and other Allied nations waded ashore through hails of fire on five beaches on June 6, 1944 — French officials, grateful Normandy survivors and other admirers are saying ‘merci’ but also goodbye. The ever-dwindling number of veterans in their late nineties and older who are coming back to remember fallen friends and their history-changing exploits are the last.” (06/02/24)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2024-06-02/a-mass-parachute-jump-over-normandy-kicks-commemorations-for-the-80th-anniversary-of-d-day