Monday, June 11, 2018

American Indian Veterans Honored in D-Day Memorial Events in France for Service

by Native News Online Staff

 Opening Ceremony to honor American Indians for their service on June 6, 1944 at Normandy on D-Day during World War II.
 OMAHA BEACH, France — In the first week of June this year, there were seven memorial events within France which marked the first anniversary of “Charles Shay Indian Memorial Park” on the shore of Omaha beach.

France welcomed with respect and honored our Native American Veterans and community members from around the United States, as they gathered to support 93-year-old Charles Norman Shay, a Penobscot Tribal elder and hero, who landed with the Big Red One Army 1st Division. Shay, who was a medic, was on the first wave to land on Omaha Beach, June 6th, 1944. He then went on to serve in Korea, was a POW, and then finished his service to our country.

One ceremony, which fell on June 5, 2018, remembered all the contributions of Native soldiers who gave their all on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Over 500 American Indian served during the World War II campaign...

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