“Marines in the European Theater”
The story of the Marines in the European Theater is often overlooked and far too many do not know their story. Our hope at the National D-Day Memorial is to rectify that with the placement of a narrative plaque detailing the history of the Marines in Europe on and around the time of the Normandy Invasion.
Narrative plaques at the monument give an engaging account of what happened on and around D-Day. The term “narrative plaque” refers to plaques that address military units as well as certain naval vessels, services, organizations,
individuals, etc. These plaques focus on various subjects as they relate to D-Day. Collectively they afford a breadth and depth of detail that the Memorial’s docents cannot include in an hour-long tour. Because many of them acknowledge the vast contributions of services, units, forces, etc. leading up to and flowing from the success of the D-Day invasion itself, the narrative plaques do much to enhance the Foundation’s educational efforts and add significant value to the experience of visiting the Memorial.
They also make clear that the National D-Day Memorial exists in tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of all the Allied Forces taking part in Operations Overlord and Neptune on 6 June 1944. The Memorial is not an exclusive shrine to those who died on D-Day but instead a memorial honoring every soldier, sailor, airman, coastguardsman, marine, and merchant seaman from each of the nations in the AEF who, during the D-Day invasion, began the breach of Hitler’s Festung Europa.
Help us today with the placement of a “Marines in the European Theater” plaque so that their story will not be forgotten! Make your online tax-deductible donation below. A receipt will be emailed to you. Thank you for your support!