June 6 will mark 75 years since the Allied powers’ invasion of France during WWII. The museum’s USS Laffey Participated in the attack, is one of only three D-Day warships still in existence
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is searching for World War II, D-Day veterans for a special program that will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the invasion of France on June 6, 1944. Those who can help the museum connect with D-Day veterans are asked to call 843-971-5046.
More than 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of France on June 6, 1944. In addition to manpower, 13,000 aircraft and 5,000 ships supported the operation. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is home to the USS Laffey (DD-724), one of only three remaining D-Day ships.
Specific details regarding Patriots Point’s June 6 program won’t be released until May. However, museum officials say they are planning to use video technology to connect representatives from all three remaining D-Day warships. The battleship USS Texas is a museum in La Porte, Texas. The British cruiser HMS Belfast is a museum ship in London.
“D-Day is the largest amphibious invasion in the history of the world,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “We want our 75th anniversary program to reflect the importance of that day properly, and are proud to have a piece of history here with us in the USS Laffey. She’s part of a very small club of D-Day warships.
We’re going to do everything possible to connect all three organizations during our program. That’s never been done before and will make for a special moment.”
The D-Day invasion took place on five beaches of Normandy, France. The USS Laffey supported Utah Beach, the USS Texas supported Omaha Beach, and the HMS Belfast supported troops landing at Gold and Juno Beaches.
Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is home to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum. Visit 40 Patriots Point Road | Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 www.patriotspoint.org for more details, or find us at @patriots_point on Twitter and Instagram, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatriotsPoint.org.
The USS Yorktown Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to raising funds to provide scholarships for educational programs at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, as well as supporting new exhibits, symposiums and special programs. The Foundation’s mission is “to cultivate a unique learning environment that connects generations by celebrating America’s history and its heroes, inspiring freedom, patriotism, leadership and service.” For more information, please visit www.USSYorktownFoundation.org or call 843.881.5925.