Tribute to the British soldiers who participated in Operation Overlord

Every year, soldiers from around the world travel to the historic hamlet of Sainte-Mere-Eglise in Normandy, France, to pay tribute to the brave men and women who took part in Operation Overlord in June 1944.

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division joined French and German troops in a ceremony to honor and commemorate personnel from the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, who were killed when a C-47 was hit by enemy fire.

Colonel Mark Denton, 207th Military Intelligence Brigade – Theater Commander, meets with German Army soldiers during a ceremony honoring and honoring soldiers of the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, who were killed in a C-47 in 1944 On June 2, 2022, the plane was hit by enemy fire in Saint-Mel-Eglise, Normandy, France. (Military photo by Cpl. Jordan Peterson)

Task Force 78 and 207th Military Intelligence Brigade – Theater Commander Col. Mark Denton speaks at the ceremony. In Denton’s speech, he spoke about the selflessness and impeccable bravery of the famous Easy Company employees.

“When I imagine the hours before the Normandy D-Day in June 1944, I think of the brave soldiers and what they must have been thinking as they prepared to execute what is still called the largest multinational amphibious landing ever and military airdrops in history. ,” Denton said.

Nearly 78 years later, French soldiers, civilians and government officials still welcome American soldiers to their land with open arms.

“I am very grateful to the French people,” Denton said at the end of the ceremony. “Today, the French people welcome our soldiers into their towns and communities, just as they did more than 70 years ago.”

In honor of D-Day, Task Force 78 welcomed 30 World War II veterans back to Normandy. While in France, veterans will take part in commemorations. For some veterans, it was their first return to Normandy since World War II.

207th Military Intelligence Brigade – Theater conducts intelligence analysis, collection and utilization in support of the Southern European Task Force on Africa (SETAF)[1]AF) and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) to establish a theater intelligence architecture to disrupt transnational and transregional threats and promote regional stability in Africa while building and maintaining intelligence readiness. Task Force 78 is responsible for housing, feeding and transporting some 600 soldiers from around the world to nearly 60 ceremonies in Normandy.

Colonel Mark Denton, Commander, 207th Military Intelligence Brigade – The theater sits in the center, placing a wreath in front of a plaque during a ceremony honoring and honoring the personnel of the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division A C-47 aircraft is hit by enemy fire at Sainte Mere Eglise in Normandy, France, June 1944, June 2, 2022. (Photo by Army Captain Jordan Peterson)
Welcome World War II veterans to France. (Military photo by Cpl. Jordan Peterson)
Thumbs up from U.S. Army veteran Cliff Stamp, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. (Military photo by Cpl. Jordan Peterson)
Bill Casassa, a U.S. Army veteran who served with the 638th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 84th Infantry Division, salutes. (Military photo by Cpl. Jordan Peterson)
Colonel Mark Denton, Commander, 207th Military Intelligence Brigade – The theater sits in the center and listens intently during a ceremony honoring and honoring the personnel of the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, who lost their lives on C-47 June 1944, June 2, 2022, the plane is hit by enemy fire at Saint-Mir-Eglise, Normandy, France. (Photo by Army Captain Jordan Peterson)

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