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75th Anniversary of D-Day Remembrance Event

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On June 6, 1944, Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy in Nazi-controlled France. On June 6, 2019, The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will present Remembering D-Day, an event to honor those that fought and the many people who lost their lives in the battle. The event will feature a talk from Bill Melega, a nationally recognized history educator. There will also be interactive displays and a candle lighting ceremony with a live performance of Taps. .

D-Day was the largest amphibious attack in military history and was a foundational moment in WWII. It is widely considered the beginning of the liberation of German-occupied France. Furthermore, the decisive victory began the process that would eventually lead to the allied forces’ victory on the Western Front. However, success did not come without cost. D-Day casualties are estimated at around 10,000 people with over 4,000 deaths.

Bill Melega, M.Ed., NBPTS is a 24-year veteran teacher at Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC. He was named as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Educator of the Year in 2010 for his dedication to bringing world history to life in the classroom. Bill is also a World History Content Specialist with the National Math and Science Initiative in New York City. He has designed and written curriculum for AP World History Student Study Sessions as well as curriculum for Professional Development Seminars focused on teachers in the New York City Schools who teach AP World History. His talk will bring to life what it really meant to fight in the Battle of Normandy and how we should honor those that fought there.

This event is free and open to the public