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Remembering D-Day & Georgia's Role In Operation Overlord - June 6, 1944

[Image From the US National Archives]

GEORGIA RADIO - Today marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a pivotal moment in World War II, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in Operation Overlord. This historic day not only commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought but also highlights the significant contributions from states across the U.S., including Georgia, whose citizens and resources played a crucial role in the success of the Allied forces.

Georgia’s Brave Soldiers

Georgia sent thousands of its sons to fight in World War II, many of whom participated in the D-Day invasion. Many who fought on the beaches of Normandy were trained at Camp Wheeler in Macon. Today, all that's left of Camp Wheeler is a small historical marker just outside Macon.

Georgia’s Home Front Support

Beyond the battlefield, Georgia's contribution to the war effort was substantial. The state was home to several key military installations in addition to Camp Wheeler, such as Fort Benning, which served as a major training ground for paratroopers, and Hunter Army Airfield, which played a vital role in preparing air crews for combat missions.

Georgia's industries also provided crucial support. Marietta produced B-29 bombers, which were instrumental in the Allied victory. The shipyards in Savannah and Brunswick were bustling with activity, building Liberty ships that transported troops and supplies to the European front.

Remembering the Sacrifice

As we commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day, ceremonies and events are being held across Georgia to honor those who served and sacrificed. In Savannah, a special memorial service at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will pay tribute to the airmen who participated in the D-Day operations. In Atlanta, the Georgia World War II Memorial will host a wreath-laying ceremony to remember all the Georgians who contributed to the war effort.

Legacy of Courage and Commitment

The story of Georgia's involvement in D-Day and World War II is one of courage, commitment, and community spirit. From the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy to the workers who toiled in factories and shipyards, the state of Georgia played an indispensable role in the Allied victory.

As we reflect on this anniversary, we honor the legacy of those who served and the enduring impact of their bravery. Their sacrifices ensured the freedoms we enjoy today and remain a testament to the resilience and resolve of the American spirit. invites all Georgians to remember and pay tribute to the heroes of D-Day and World War II, whose contributions continue to inspire and shape our state and nation.



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