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“D-Day is a term often used in military parlance to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. “D-Day” often represents a variable, designating the day upon which some significant event will occur or has occurred; see Military designation of days and hours for similar terms. The initial D in D-Day has had various meanings in the past, while more recently it has obtained the connotation of “Day” itself, thereby creating the phrase “Day-Day”, or “Day of Days”.“
So even though D-Day is a generic term used in Military Science as time variable, D-Day term has since become synonymous with the invasion of Normandy. Wikipedia has more:
“Normandy Landings were the first operations of the Allied Powers‘ invasion of Normandy, also known as Operation Neptune and Operation Overlord, during World War II. D-Day for the operation, postponed 24 hours, became June 6, 1944, H-Hour was 6:30 am. The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American and British airborne divisions shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 06:30 British Double Summer Time. It required the transport of soldiers and materiel from England and Wales by troop carrying aeroplanes and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. There were also subsidiary operations to distract the Kriegsmarine and prevent its interference in the landing areas.”
Everyone thought that Dad would like to see this program. The only problem with taking Dad was the fact that it conflicted with Elliot’s High School graduation. After deliberation, my sister felt that we should take Dad to the movie and I agreed.
L to R: Janet (sister), Dad, Elliot (Janet’s son) and Wanda (Dad’s wife)
We decided to say hello to the graduate before we left for the theater. Earlier in the day, there was a party for Elliot at the home.
It’s nice to be able to invite your friends over for a dip in the pool! Elliot is in the middle, next to the women (of course).
The adults weren’t invited to this party, and I arrived just as it was winding down. I just happened to catch Elliot cutting the cake. Good thing the D80 is a fast rig.
We took so many photos of Elliot in his gown that he started cutting up a bit. Can’t say I blame him as I would do the same thing.
This is Dad with Adam, the eldest of Janet’s three sons. It was a nice occasion to get together and he and his wife came up from southern NC to join us.
Soon it was time to leave for the beautiful Carolina Theatre.
The Theatre had marked rows of seats for “veterans only” by using these colorful “pom-pom” type things. Sorry but I don’t know what to call them – but they were unmistakable.
People gathering in the lobby of the historic Carolina Theatre
Before the program began, there was an offering of heavy hors’dourves in the second floor function room:
A local TV news shooter prepares for an interview with a Sgt. Winchester, from the local area.
After a few people spoke about the program, we all went into the theatre.
There was a color guard and a singing group in attendance. A very good show.
During the program, the theme songs of the various services were played and respective servicement from those branches of service took turns standing as their theme song was being played. My 86 year old father stood right up and saluted during the entire course of “Into The Wild Blue Yonder.” I was so “into the moment” that I neglected to get a photograph of him. I assure you it was a moving experience. He had trouble getting out of his seat but by all appearances that wouldn’t have stopped him from serving all over again, should the need arise.
The Carolina Theatre is a beautiful historic landmark, perfectly suited for the special program for World War II Veterans. After the live presentation the movie was shown. It was a dignified event and all in attendance were grateful to be there to honor and associate with the Veterans.
In the next article I am going to tell you about my father’s wartime service, which I have only recently found out about. I don’t know much but what little I do know I will share wtith you, including rare photographs from that age.