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Each year hundreds of U.S. armed forces members stationed in Europe, and from U.S.-based units with historical links to D-Day, join service members and civilians from all over Europe to recognize and honor the men and women of the "Greatest Generation" by performing music, marching in parades and honoring the deeds and sacrifices of allied nations during the commemorative period of 1-9 June in the region of Normandy, France. The anniversary of D-Day remains a historic reminder of the strong and unremitting relationship between the United States and our European allies and partners.
Event: Utah Beach to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont ruck march and ceremony
Expected Units: 4th Infantry Division
Details: Ruck march to follow in the path of the Soldiers who landed at Utah Beach and made there way to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, leading to its eventual liberation.
Event: Danish Sailor Monument
Expected Units: 25th Infantry Division
Details: To honor the more than 6,000 Danish seamen who quickly entered Allied service during World War II. More than 30 Danish cargo ships and 800 seamen were involved with the D-Day landings and one out of six lost their lives
Event: Utah Beach Ceremony
Expected Units: 4th Infantry Division, 1st Infantry Division, 90th Sustainment Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Special Operations Command - Europe
Details: To honor the thousands of American Soldiers who landed and fought at Utah Beach on D-Day
Event: Maj. Winters Monument
Expected Units: 101st Airborne Division
Details: To honor Maj. Richard D. Winters, who led paratroopers from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the D-Day landings. This event was recounted in television mini-series “Band of Brothers”