D-Day Reenactment

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Jan 18, 2012 29 Comments ›› Conneaut DDay Reenactment

June 6, 1944, will forever be a day we remember in our history as “D-Day.” In honor of the heroic American, British, and Canadian soldiers that gave their lives for our country, Conneaut, Ohio is host to the reenactment of the invasion of Normandy in World War II.

The Reenactment is held on our beautiful Lake Erie beach at Conneaut Township Park. Hundreds of volunteers come to participate in this reenactment while thousands of vistors attend from all around the world. Learn more about our History by seeing it happen before your vary eyes.

Website: DDayOhio.us

D-Day History

Wikipedia Source
The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations of the Allied invasion of Normandy, in Operation Overlord, during World War II. The landings commenced on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (D-Day), beginning at 6:30 AM British Double Summer Time (GMT+2). In planning, D-Day was the term used for the day of actual landing, which was dependent on final approval.

The landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 AM. There were also decoy operations under the codenames Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable to distract the German forces from the real landing areas.[4]

Supreme Commander of the Allied expeditionary forces was General Dwight Eisenhower while overall command of ground forces (21st Army Group) was given to General Bernard Montgomery. The operation, planned by a team under Lieutenant-General Frederick Morgan, was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea, and air elements under direct British command with over 160,000[5] troops landing on 6 June 1944. 195,700[6] Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000[5] ships were involved.

The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval interdiction of the English Channel and naval fire-support. The landings took place along a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.


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  1. Gregg says:

    Last year was the first time I’ve ever seen the D-Day Reenactment in Conneaut. I was really impressed with the show, and the town in general.

  2. Aaron says:

    God Bless our Soldiers

  3. Sylvia says:

    We would love to make plans to attend this year’s D-Day Reenactment but cannot find the date. Would love to know. Thanks.

  4. Nancy says:

    Saw TV program on the History Chanel about the D-Day Reenactment and was interested in attending but need the 2012 date, but couldn’t find it, so we can make plans. Thanks.

  5. conneaut_admin says:

    The History Channel did a great job on it. Sorry for the mishap everyone, the D-Day Reenactment is August 17 & 18, 2012. Hope to see you there!

  6. Bruce Pennington says:

    I am from South Carolina and have been to your great town a number of times. I got to see the D-Day Reenactment in 2010. I thought it was great and want to come up to see it again this year. I don’t know who did your website but I think it is great and very informative about your town.

  7. Ruth Razem DiMare says:

    Our father, Joseph Razem, was in the Merchant Marines and was in D-Day. We have some of his letters he wrote home from the war. My sister had them printed up. We all grew up in Conneaut. Allan Razem, John Razem, Fran Razem Poe, Ruth Razem DiMare Hope to see reenactment this year.

    • Pat Rowbotham says:

      I remember you from church. Your sister was in Karl’s class. If you come in this year, come see us, white house right across from township park.

      Patti (Haas)

  8. James Weckerly says:

    I am the Cubmaster of Pack 13 in Erie, Pa. We also work closely with our Boy Scout Troop 13. We were wondering if there is an opportunity for the scouts to camp at the event and possibly help out where needed. It would be a great opportunity for the scouts and I think they would learn a lot in such participation. Please let me know if there is a opportunity here.


  9. John R Sudyk says:

    I was involved in the Omaha Beach invasion ,this would be my first visit to your event. My wife and I were speakers at the dedication cerimonies of the WW II Monument in Wasington DC ,at the Library Of Congress War pavilion. a few years ago. We plan to come to your celebration in August . Would like to know the best day and parking facilities and any literature about the program that would be helpful to us.. Heard from friends about how wonderful your event was.

    Yous truly
    John Sudyk 12016 Madison Rd.
    PO Box 241 HUntsburg Ohio 44046
    440 636 5418

    • Pat Rowbotham says:

      Yes. I am in charge of getting the scout troops. patrowbo@aol.com

    • Pat Rowbotham says:

      I met you today at the veterans’ registration, Mr. Sudyk. I’m really glad you could make the event. I hope you enjoyed your lunch and your visits with the other veterans.

      Pat Rowbotham, member of D-Day Ohio board of directors

  10. Steve says:

    I was deployed in Med when Ghadafi was getting hostile. We patrol the “line of death” while Navy fighters shot down several of Libyan aircraft – got very hairy there for a few weeks …

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  15. Herb Phillians says:

    Attended my first D-Day Re-enactment in 2011. So impressed, I told many about it and several are coming this year. I am bringing my close friends, who didn’t make it with us last year! I met and talked to several WW II vets, and set with them through the re-enactment, and hope they have made it back this year.
    I met a fellow (94 years old) this past year, while I was in the nursing home, after back surgery, that served in the PT Boat Squadron that took Gen. McArthur off Batan, Corregidor when Roosevelt ordered him out of the Phillipines. Want to show him more photos and video from this years re-enactment. Wish he was able to attend with me!

  16. Venn Blakely says:

    Planning a trip to watch the reinactment… please let us know the dates and times…

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    Would like to know when the 2014 D-Day Reenactment will be.

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