ALEXANDRIA, VA – On May 28, Mayor Justin M. Wilson will proclaim that the City will recognize the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy, France by Allied troops. The invasion of the Nazi-occupied region effectively ended World War II. Popularly known as D-Day, it is the largest invasion by water in military history. Lasting until July of that year, it involved over 156,000 troops from the U.S., Britain, and Canada.
Alexandria’s sister city, Caen, is located in Normandy.
The Allied victory led to the end of Nazi Germany and the liberation of western Europe. It also forged a bond between the U.S. and western Europe, and gave new meaning to freedom and democracy.
Mayor Wilson asked that Alexandria citizens not only reflect on and remember the Normandy landings, but also requested participation in public commemorations of the event to last through next month.