70th Anniversary of D-Day

World War II soldier training for war in Florida

On June 6, 1944, at the height of World War II, allied soldiers from 12 countries landed on the beaches of German occupied Normandy, France. This assault, known as D-Day, was a pivotal moment in World War II and many Americans, including Floridians, took part in this battle that led to the liberation of France from German control. Check out events taking place around the state and resources below to honor our United States veterans in the U.S. and in France honoring the 70 year anniversary of D-Day this year.

Operation Thank You

Operation Thank You
Leon County Courthouse, Tallahassee- June 6, 2014 at 9 a.m.

Operation Thank You 2014 will honor World War II veterans by commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Read the press release below:

Trinity Episcopal Church

Remembrance to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami - June 6, 2014 at 6 p.m.

To commemorate the "Longest Day", a service of Remembrance to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in the presence of the Consul General of France Philippe Létrilliart, the British Consul General Kevin McGurgan, the Consul General of Canada, Louise Léger, and the Major General Mark C. Nowland (USAF), Chief of Staff, U.S. Southern Command, along with Command Sargent Major William B. Zaiser.

70th Anniversary D-Day Commemoration Collier Museum

70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration
Naples Depot Museum - June 7, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important events of the 20th century. There will be a ceremony honoring all those who fought on this historic day featuring guest speakers, reenactors, military vehicles, and a special exhibition.

French Consulate Logo

70th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration
Online Resources from the Consulat Général de France á Miami

In France, from June 5 to August 21, 2014, Normandy will celebrate, with emotion, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. This anniversary will be a time of recollection and remembrance at a national and international level. READ MORE...

WWII Planes over Miami

Online Photographic Exhibit and Classroom Resources
From FloridaMemory.com

The United States’ efforts during World War II drew heavily on both the people and resources of the state of Florida. The online resources listed use primary sources from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida to introduce major themes, events, and individuals related to Florida’s role in World War II.

Amphibious Training

"Florida Remembers World War II"
From the Museum of Florida History

Originally developed as a temporary traveling exhibit, this online resource documents the state's response to the war, including patriotic activities on the home front and the establishment of military training bases throughout the state. According to official statistics, approximately 248,000 Floridians served in World War II. The modified version of this exhibit, produced by the Museum of Florida History as part of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Florida World War II Living Memorial project, is now on display at the Museum of Florida History as part of their permanent exhibit.  See more at MuseumofFloridaHistory.com.

Camp Gordon Johnson

Camp Gordon Johnson WWII Museum
WWII Museum in Carrabelle, Florida

Nationally honored by the Smithsonian Magazine for three straight years, Camp Gordon Johnson WWII museum houses over 5,000 square feet of artifacts, vehicles, photos, memorabilia and memories of the soldiers, sailors and other military as well as civilian personnel who trained and worked at Camp Gordon Johnson during the  WWII years. Three Infantry division and two Special Brigades left here after training to confront tyranny both in Europe and the Pacific. Visit and learn about their dedication, fears and heroism.