D-Day Commemorations : photos & video

June 06, 2009

No surprise that Tom Hanks attended, along with producer Gary Goetzman, the Commemorations of 65th Anniversary of D-Day that took place today in the American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, in Normandy, France. As always he took time to have a talk with the veterans. You can see a few photos in the gallery and more may come in the next few days.
Edit : More photos have been added including HQs.


You can see a video from the French television in the video archives, section Foreign Interviews. Tom Hanks was on the train with the veterans from Paris to Normandy.

Note that on another version of the documentary, French Secretary of State attached to Minister of Defence and Veterans' Affairs, Jean-Marie Bockel, said "personalities as famous as Tom Hanks contribute to generate interest and therefore allow to go from the memory, with the veterans, to History." and they explained that "after the ceremonies in Normandy, the actor and producer will get back to work. He's working on a miniseries about the war in the Pacific". It's nice they mentioned it.


Del "Abe" Jones, June 06, 2009

“The Longest Day”
June 6, 1944

On those shores of Normandy
Those sixty-five years ago
There was an amphibious landing
The largest, this World would know.

Many thousands stormed those beaches
Although many, never reached the land
Washed upon, foreign sands by waves
Where, all those Heroes took their stand.

Named, Omaha, Sword and Juno
Gold and Utah, where they died
It was our foothold there in Europe
Which would not, could not, be denied.

To liberate those Countries occupied
By that terrible, Nazi war machine
Where People sought their Freedom
From the tyranny they had seen.

It made Hitler change his plans
To invade the English countryside
There’s no doubt it dashed his hopes
To, spread his rule, worldwide.

It began the march through France
Towards the Battle of Berlin
To the end of such an evilness
We hope, to never see again.

Today we Honor those who Served
All those dead and those alive
Although their numbers are dwindling
Our memories of them, will survive.

Four hundred twenty-five thousand souls
Both sides lost, before it was all done
In the Battle of Normandy
That began, that day, the “longest” one.

Del “Abe” Jones

"Mankind’s greatest accomplishment is not the revolution of technology it is the evolution of creativity " copyright Del "Abe" Jones 1984