75th Anniversary D-Day Celebration in Florida [fr]
In Florida, the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and Battles of Britain was commemorated in Naples on Thursday, June 6, 2019 in the presence of nearly 50 American veterans of the Second World War.
In the presence of U. S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida State representatives Byron Donalds and Bob Rommel, Collier County Commissioners William McDaniel, Donna Fiala, and Andy Solis, Naples City Mayor, Bill Dwight and Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, who are respectively the President and Vice-President of the Friends of the Collier County Museums and the Consular Advisor, Xavier Capdevielle, the Consul General of France, Clément Leclerc, and General Germain Barrau, Head of the French Military Detachment in Tampa, honoured three veterans of the Second World War, Richard Bergeron, Bernard Best and Frank Bisagna.
These three gentlemen all prepared the Allied landing in March 1944. Mr. Bergeron and Mr. Best while serving in the United States Navy and Mr. Bisagna in the United States Air Force.
This highlight commemorated this extraordinary Allied effort and that of our American friends in particular, who, on June 6, 1944, after many months of planning, preparation and training, challenged the "Atlantic Wall"; under the command of American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, by landing on our mined coastline, erected with piles and defended by thousands of concrete structures protecting 10 deployed divisions or about 105,000 men.
And yet the enemy fortifications would bend and by the evening of June 6, 1944, nearly 200,000 Allies had landed on the Normandy beaches with vehicles, ammunition and supplies to advance in Normandy in order to liberate it.
Venue of the ceremony:Naples Depot Museum
1051 5th Avenue South Naples, FL 34102
Date and time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 starting at 10:00 am.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the DDay celebrations : www.75ans-liberation.fr