1100 Spaatz Street Wright-Patterson AFB
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. More than 150,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coast. This marked the start of Operation Overlord – a long costly campaign to liberate northwest Europe from German occupation. This risky invasion of France’s Normandy region later became known as the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe or simply “D-Day”.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day with two separate days full of events, as well as a temporary augmented reality (AR) exhibit.
The events will take place on Monday, May 13 and Thursday, June 6 2019. The event on May 13th will include a paratrooper jump, D-Day films and the opening of the temporary AR exhibit which will remain open through the end of the year. The event on June 6th will include a flyover, wreath laying, living history re-enactors, WWII-era vehicles, collection displays and D-Day films.