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79 Years: Alexandria Honors D-Day Anniversary June 4

Alexandria's D-Day Celebration
WWII reenactors at Market Square in Old Town (Photo courtesy of City of Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Swing dancers. A 1940s Jazz Band An appearance by George Patton. The Fife and Drum Corps.  All this and more will highlight Alexandria’s Annual D-Day Commemoration on June 4 on Market Square from 2-4 p.m.

Attendees of the celebration will also see displays and reenactments, a performance by the U.S, Army Fife and Drum Corps, a second by the Alexandria Citizens Band, and a short formal ceremony with the mayor and city officials.

Planned and executed by the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee, the celebration began in 2010.

The city of Caen, in western Normandy, is Alexandria’s sister city. It saw some of the heaviest fighting after the Allies landed on the nearby beaches.  D-Day, June 6, 1044, led of the end of World War II.

As part of Alexandria’s participation in Sister Cities International, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural exchanges between Alexandria and Caen, France.  A committee volunteer, Kerem Bilge, is overseeing the organization of the event.

 It is made possible through the support of Yates, Alexandria Toyota, Ting Internet, Onelife Fitness, Mr. and Mrs. Doug John, Alexandria Radio Club, and Mr. Jan Maas.

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