TULSA — On June 6, 1944 allied troops invaded Normandy, France to fight Nazi Germany in World War II, according to CNN.
This day is known as, "D-Day."
The 76th Anniversary of D-Day is Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Tulsa's historic Circle Cinema is partaking in their yearly tradition of paying tribute to D-Day.
Circle Cinema is offering a free program on their YouTube page. The program includes the Oscar-nominated documentary, "D-Day Remembered" and interviews with veterans from Oklahoma who were at D-Day.
Several bonus features will be incorporated into the program, according to the Circle Cinema website.
- Army Veteran and House Organist Phil Judkins playing military anthems on Circle Cinema's restored 1928 theatre organ
- Flad display from each military branch, courtesy the Albert E. Schwab Detachment 857 with assistance from Weydan Flax of VFW Post 577
- Authentic Normandy display from Keith Myers' Traveling Military Museum
We hope that you will tune into this FREE Special Virtual Event, brought to you by Circle Cinema on Saturday, June 6th.
- It was the largest amphibious (land and water) invasion in history.
- The code name for the invasion was Operation Overlord.
- General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the operation, and plans were made to land in Normandy, west of where the German troops and artillery were built up.
- The "D" stands for Day. D-Day is code for the day an important military attack is scheduled to begin.
- Code names for the five beaches where the Allies landed: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword.
- More than 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships supported the operation.
- The exact number of casualties is not known. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 Allied soldiers were killed, wounded and or went missing in action: 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British and 946 Canadians.
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