August 29, 2014  

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Southern Miss Holds D-Day Commemoration

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Dr. Andrew Wiest
History professor Andrew Wiest discusses the invasion of France at Normandy on D-Day during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the event on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

The sacrifices made by Allied soldiers on D-Day to liberate Europe from the Nazis were honored June 5 at The University of Southern Mississippi during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the event, held at the Liberal Arts Building’s Gonzales Auditorium.

Instructor Keltoum Rowland, Honorary Consul of France for Mississippi, Dr. Andrew Wiest, University Distinguished Professor of History and Lt. Colonel Joseph Worley from the Army ROTC’s Golden Eagle Battalion shared the stories of veterans who participated in the invasion of France at the beaches of Normandy June 6, 1944.

The commemoration was sponsored by L’Association Francaise de USM and the College of Arts and Letters, and hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and Department of History.

"France will never forget, the French will never forget that the sixth of June 1944, the longest day, when hope was reborn,” Rowland said. “France will never forget these soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate our land from the Nazis."