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“Remembering D-Day” Highlighted at Army Heritage Days 2019

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Operation Overlord (D-Day) is known as a pivotal offensive of World War II. During this year’s Army Heritage Days event, on May 18 and 19, 2019, from 9am to 5pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will commemorate D-Day’s 75th anniversary year with several themed events and lectures.

Our first lecture of the weekend takes place on Saturday, May 18th at noon and transports visitors to June 1944 with, “D-Day Journal: The Untold Story of a U.S. Ranger on Omaha Beach." By using his father’s journal, Mr. John V.O. Kennard will present D-Day from the view of 22-year-old, Lieutenant Frank L. Kennard. The lecture follows the first person perspective from the 2nd Ranger Battalion and also features data from oral histories of four other men. Despite losing most of his equipment, and half his men, Lt. Kennard and the remaining Soldiers made their objective at Pointe du Hoc and achieved their mission to take out the big German guns overlooking the Normandy beaches on that famous day.

Author John Kennard was a commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor Corps. He served in Germany until he was promoted to Captain and deployed to Vietnam in 1970. His own military experience enhances his ability to re-tell his father’s story using Lt. Kennard’s personal letters and journal which recounts his experience not just on the day of the battle, but the training before and the thoughts after.

The second lecture, presented by Mr. Martin K.A. Morgan on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00PM, “The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion,” takes attendees back in time using some of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured during first day and week of France’s liberation. “From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.” Mr. Martin is a renowned museum professional and author who has appeared on the Smithsonian Channel, The Military Channel, National Geographic Channel, and the list goes on. With his experience and credentials he tells an enthralling story using the imagery of WWII.

Visitors can further immerse themselves in WWII history as it comes to life with a D-Day Airborne Soldier program followed by a WWII Aircraft flyover on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30AM and 2:00PM. There will also be an increase of WWII re-enactors outfitted in period gear, giving visitors an idea of the weapons and materials a Soldier would have carried during the war and the vehicles they would have used.

As always, Army Heritage Days will cover more than World War II, and will include portrayals from the Colonial Era to U.S. Army Current Operations by re-enactors stationed along the Army Heritage Trail. For a full schedule and more information, please visit or call 717-245-3972. Make sure to follow #CountdowntoAHD on our social media pages as more events are announced.



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