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Posted on: June 5, 2019

[ARCHIVED] City of Sterling Heights invites local veterans, residents to D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebration

Local veterans, family members and citizens are invited to attend a ceremony on Thursday, June 6 at 4:30 p.m.

at the Defense Corridor Center for Collaboration and Synergy (DC3S), located at 7205 Sterling Ponds Court in Sterling Heights. June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of June 6, 1944, the monumental D-Day invasion of Europe.

The ceremony is intended to pay tribute and honor a large group of servicemen, many of whom are deceased, who stormed the heavily defended beaches of Normandy, France.

D-Day was one of the largest military battles in history, often identified as 'the beginning of the end' of World War II. "Despite it occurring so many years ago", stated Ron Lamparter, Founder & Chairman of DC3S, "Macomb County and Metro Detroit played a major role in producing much of the material, equipment, and supplies that contributed to success of this event."

Throughout the world, Michigan became widely known as the "Arsenal of Democracy", and Michigan workers designed and produced huge quantities of vehicles, equipment, and supplies used throughout the world, including in the D-Day invasion.

“We are eternally grateful to the brave men and women, many who paid the ultimate sacrifice, defending U.S. allies from evil forces and preserving democracy world-wide.” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor.  

Guests are invited to arrive at 4:30 p.m., a short ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by light refreshments.  

Questions regarding this ceremony may be directed Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.

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