On June 6, 1944 – the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II begun. More than 160,000 troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of the French coastline. A total of 24,000 U.S., British and Canadian airborne troops parachuted in. 6,000 men from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions jumped over Normandy.
Many things are being done to commemorate this day in history, including reenactment of the jumps. Art Shaffer DZO at Skydive Palatka and Juan Arango tandem/AFF instructor at Skydive Palatka are both taking part, jumping from a C-47 and landing at DZ Charlie (Saint Marie du Mont).
The Google Cultural Institute has put together a pretty cool slider displaying letters, photos and maps of the Normandy landings. If you are into historic stuff (that is not necessarily all about parachutes), expect to spend a little bit of time clicking away.