Today, 6 June 2024, marks the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France. The Allied invasion of Western Europe saw simultaneous landings of American, British, and Canadian forces totaling almost 150,000 along five beachheads in Normandy (Omaha, Sword, Utah, Juno, and Gold Beach). Faced with changing weather and heavy fire from German forces, this crucial victory for Allied forces would turn the tides of the war in favor of Allied victory and lead to the eventual end of WWII in 1945.  

Check out the display at the Ives Main Library for books, films, and documentaries that delve deeper into the history of this event. 

Below in the first gallery are photographs of the invasion and of Normandy in 1944/5. Photographs in the second gallery were taken by librarian Erin Witt on a family trip to Normandy in July 2023.  

Articles and commemorations for the 80th Anniversary:

More information on D-Day:

More information on the Normandy American Cemetary and the American Battle Monuments Commission:

Additional museums:

WWII and Connecticut: