2011 D-Day Events


Videos from the Committee’s 2011 D-Day Event

If you missed our D-Day events this past weekend, you really missed a rare treat. Col. John Marr spoke about his, shall we say, adventure jumping on D-Day. From landing in a flooded field to his experiences with E Company to members of his platoon capturing 6 German soldiers without an empty gun,  Col. Marr shared about his first few hours in Normandy.

Mayor Euille attended the event and shared about his experiences in Caen, why our sister city is so special to Alexandria and a bit of history on how we became sister cities. This video is a bit lengthy at just over 9 minutes but it is worth the time to watch!

If you missed the event and would like to learn more about WWII and D-Day, I highly recommend the TV miniseries Band of Brothers. The series will take you through WWII as seen by E Company and the 506th Infantry Regiment (this was Marr’s regiment).

If you learned something from our videos of Col. Marr and Mayor Euille, the Committee asks that you share them with others who may be interested in learning more about Caen, D-Day and WWII.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first week of June 2012 as we will be hosting events commemorating D-Day again. It is rumored that we may even have some special guests from Caen join us!


The Committee and Mayor Euille

The Committee, Mayor Euille and Colonel John Marr


2011 Thursday Night Movie

A film, D-Day: Down to Earth – Return of the 507th, will be shown Thursday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The documentary recounts the history of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment through remarkable battles in World War II and the inspiring culmination of its story 60 years later to reconnect for one final mission – to honor their fallen brothers and establish a legacy for future generations. The running time is 56 minutes.

The documentary includes a first-hand account by Colonel John Marr of the D-day events and is a precursor to the upcoming Saturday morning program on June 4.

2011 Saturday Morning Lecture

Please join us on June 4 at 10:00 a.m. in the Goodwin House Auditorium as Goodwin House Alexandria and the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee bring a special event to the Goodwin House community in recognition of D-Day. Colonel John Marr will be speaking about his experience as a Lieutenant in Company “G” of the untested 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborn Division, when they descended into Normandy, France on D-Day. This is a follow up to the showing of the film D-Day: Down to Earth. Also present will be The Sister’s Cities Committee members, along with Alexandria City Mayor, William Euille.



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