This year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II invasion of Nazi occupied France by Allied troops, has the Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and Bristal Assisted Living seeking all American veterans who served during that cataclysmic battle.

Museum President and founder Lawrence Kadish explained, “When American and British forces came ashore under murderous machine gun fire, the fate of the Third Reich hung in the balance. By successfully opening a second front against the Nazis, even the German general staff knew the end was now just a matter of time. As we approach the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we have an obligation to remember and honor those Americans who were on the ground, on the sea or in the air.”

The museum is inviting Normandy veterans to write an essay of any length or produce photos about their military experiences during that crucial chapter in world history.  In addition to being included in the museum’s Living History program, a panel of judges led by the museum’s “adjutant general” and former Nassau County District Court Principle Law Clerk Eileen Daly Sapraicone will select a dozen winning essays that will allow D-Day veterans and members of their families to climb aboard WW II armor for a “patrol” through the woods of Old Bethpage Village Restoration this summer through a program sponsored by Bristal Assisted Living.

A principle of Bristal Assisted, Jan Burman, stated, “There remains a deeply troubling ignorance of our American heritage and how this nation, and in fact, democracy as we know it, was saved from the abyss of tyranny by a generation that went to war over 70 years ago. Today, it is nothing less than a moral imperative that we recognize their sacrifice and the fact that democracy and freedom remain at risk around the world. This program seeks to educate a new generation of Americans and appreciate the heroes in their homes.”

Ms. Sapraicone explained, “This D-Day Remembrance Project is about protecting the future by honoring the past. We need to understand that there remain forces in this world that would welcome the opportunity to destroy everything we hold dear: freedom, democracy, diversity and tolerance. The destruction of the Nazi regime didn’t end evil in this world, and we owe it to the men who gave their lives on the beaches of France to defend liberty.”

Veterans are asked to send their essay to the Museum of American Armor, care of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, New York 11804 or through the museum’s web site, www.museumofamericanarmor.org

 

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This year’s 70th anniversary of D-Day, the World War II invasion of Nazi occupied France by Allied troops, has the Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration and Bristal Assisted Living seeking all Nassau County veterans who served during that cataclysmic battle. The museum is inviting Normandy veterans to write an essay of any length or produce photos about their military experiences during that crucial chapter in world history. A panel of judges led by the museum’s “adjutant general” and former Nassau County District Court Principle Law Clerk Eileen Daly Sapraicone (second from right) will select a dozen winning essays that will allow D-Day veterans and members of their families to climb aboard WW II armor for a “patrol” through the woods of Old Bethpage Village Restoration this summer through a program sponsored by Bristal Assisted Living. Here she is joined by living historians discussing the tactics of that crucial battle 70 years ago this summer.