Alexandria, VA | June 5, 2014
Ansbach High School's 9th JROTC Battalion will represent DoDEA Europe at the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration in Normandy, France this week. The unit, with 36 cadets, will join 50 other JROTC Battalions representing every state in the nation.
This effort was spearheaded by Major Madonna Roberts, JROTC instructor at Ansbach HS. This endeavor was heavily supported by fund raisers from the local VFW, American Legion and Ansbach and Illesheim Spouses' Clubs.
Each cadet will be wearing a ribbon (or dog tag) to honor an individual service member (living or deceased) who took part in the invasion. The cadets have researched the service member and will present his or her story to the battalion.
Among the events, the cadets will be marching in the parade at Sainte Mere Eglise. They will also be participating in ceremonies at the St James Cemetery and the American Cemetery.
To learn more about D-Day, visit the DoD Special Anniversay page at the link below.
On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known as D-Day. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy, but by day's end, the Allies had gained a foothold to begin liberating Europe. http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0614_dday/