How Pittsburgh is Remembering D-Day 75 Years Later

The Heinz History Center is one of many local organizations recognizing the 75th anniversary of the historic day.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, June 6, 1944 | photo: Shutterstock

Seventy-five years ago —  June 6, 1944 — Allied troops took to the beaches of Normandy, France, and changed the trajectory of World War II. Veterans and historical groups nationwide, including in Pittsburgh, are commemorating the world-changing invasion with programs and events happening all week long.

More than 9.380 members of the American Military are buried at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France | photos by Richard Cook

The Heinz History Center is partnering with the Veterans Breakfast Club and the Furious Fourth WWII Living History Group for a free day of reenactment and story-sharing from veterans of the Normandy invasion.

Monument Signal, Omaha Beach, France

Reenactors from the Living History group will march through Downtown from 12-3 p.m. representing the Pennsylvania service members who were killed on June 6, 1944. The procession will conclude at the Southwestern PA WWII Memorial on the North Shore.

Higgins Boat Monument, Utah Beach, France

Beginning at 7 p.m., the History Center will present a program and panel discussion from local D-Day veterans on Pittsburgh’s contributions to the WWII effort. Admission to the program is free, and includes after-hours access to the History Center’s newest Vietnam War exhibition after the D-Day program concludes.

The History Center event is part of a wider collaboration across Western Pennsylvania called D-Day Pittsburgh 75. Learn more about the program and how you can participate here.

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