Big Red One Attends Annual D-Day Celebrations

U.S. Army – U.S. Army Soldiers serving in the 1st Infantry Division led ceremonies at the 80th Annual D-Day Commemoration, overlooking the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach where Soldiers of the Big Red One assaulted German defenses during the opening stages of the Invasion of Normandy.

The mission of the 1st Inf. Div. was to be the vanguard of the invasion up the bluffs, while the mission of the Allied forces were aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces.

Between June 6 and July 24, 1944, the 1st Inf. Div. had lost 657 Soldiers and their names are etched in the stone on the monument erected on the bluff overlooking the beach taken by the Big Red One in the conjoined effort to liberate France and the rest of Europe.