Remembrance” begins at 7 p.m. in the B Atrium of the Liberal
Arts building on the southwest side of campus. The free
community event will include the presentation of a D-Day video
documentary from the College’s Crile Archive Center.
A wreath-laying memorial
service will also take place at the Veterans Memorial Garden on
campus to honor the thousands who lost their lives storming the
beaches of Normandy.
More than 156,000 U.S.,
British, and Canadian troops landed on the coast of northern
France the morning of June 6, 1944. The amphibious military
invasion — the largest in history — gave the Allies a critical
foothold in Nazi-occupied territory.
The timing of the vigil
coincides with the hour the troops readied themselves for the
“D-Day became the catalyst
for victory over Germany, but it came at a huge cost,”
said James Banks, history professor
emeritus at Tri-C and founder and director of the Crile
Archives. “So, so many died that day claiming a sliver of sand.
sacrifice shall never be forgotten. The courage of those troops
changed more than the course of World War II. It changed world
A community reception will follow the ceremony, which is presented
by the Tri-C Veterans Initiative and the Crile Archives. Call
216-987-3193 for more information on the event. Western Campus
is located at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road in Parma.