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Registration begins for visitors heading to 75th commemoration at Normandy American Cemetery

Medal of Honor recipient Frank Peregory's grave at Normandy American Cemetery in France, who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day and died a few days later in combat. He was 28 years old when he died. His grave can be found in section G, row 21, grave 7. (American Military News)
April 15, 2019
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Registration is open to attend the 75th commemoration of D-Day at Normandy American Cemetery in France.

There are about 5,000 registration spots for the June 6 ceremony, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Those interested in registering should apply at www.abmc.gov/dday75registration.

“Sadly, our time with the greatest generation grows increasingly short,” ABMC secretary William M. Matz Jr. said in a statement. “Each year, the number of surviving D-Day and World War II veterans attending our commemoration dwindles.”

Normandy American Cemetery, which sits on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach, covers 172.5 acres and includes more than 9,300 graves. More than 1,500 Americans who were missing in action, or lost or buried at sea also are honored by name in the Garden of the Missing. Most of the Americans buried at the cemetery lost their lives in the D-Day landings and the subsequent fighting.

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“Remembering the courage, sacrifice and heroism of those who fought to free Europe and ensure that tyranny did not find footing on our shores isn’t just a personal honor, it is the sacred duty of the American Battle Monuments Commission,” Matz said.

For more information on D-Day events, visit www.abmc.gov.

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