D-Day Commemoration
SATURDAY - JUN 10, 2017, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM       < Back to Events

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On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France to liberate Western Europe from the occupation of Nazi Germany. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious assaults in history.

Join us on Saturday, June 10th at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum to remember the past and celebrate the future. This event is to honor and pay respect to the WWII survivors, our veterans, active duty military and their families. Hear informative speakers tell their stories, see the unveiling of FHCAMs newest artifacts, and take part in educational activities for the entire family.

Operating: P51 and Sherman Tank

FHCAM Movie Theater: Battle of the Bulge

Event Schedule
10 AM    Doors Open, Kids Craft Station
11:30 AM   Welcome, moment of silence, Sea Cadet's Color Guard, National Anthem, P-51 Flyover, Sherman Tank Demonstration
12 PM   Guest Speakers
1 PM   Erik Flint from Lewis Army Museum will be giving a talk
2 PM   Event Ends
5 PM   Museum Closes

One of these artifacts is a flag that was carried on one of the first vessels into combat at sunrise on D-Day. The second will be revealed to you right here on Facebook next week.

About the Flag:
LCT-595, along with three other Landing Craft, Tank amphibious assault vessels, were assigned to deliver American Army swimming tanks to locations approximately 5,000 yards off Utah Beach (Tare Green Sector) at 0630 on June 6, 1944. As they approached, Army Air Forces medium bombers hit the shoreline, blasting smoke and debris into the air.

Nearing their appointed location to launch the amphibious tanks, a Landing Craft Control vessel signaled for the LCTs to move in closer to the beach. A craft alongside 595, LCT number 593, exploded after hitting a German mine. A witness later wrote, "I can still see a tank turning end-over-end what seemed to me at least 100 feet in the air."

As the surviving LCTs moved forward, German machine gun fire intensified and Allied naval ships began to fire thundering salvos in return. The remaining LCTs delivered their tanks about 900 yards from the shoreline under heavy gunfire. On Utah Beach, 27 of the 32 tanks of the 70th Tank Battalion were able to land some 2,000 yards from their planned attack point.

After the attack, LCT-595’s captain told US Navy Boatswain George Edward Rudisill to remove the tattered flag and fly a new full one. Boatswain Rudisill asked to keep the battle-worn remains of the original D-Day flag. He preserved keepsake in a shoebox along with the only known photograph of the LCT-595.

We look forward to seeing you at this D-Day Commemorative event!

  • Attendance at this event indicates approval for you and children in your care to be photographed or videotaped by FHCAM and third party media for editorial and promotional use. Pictures and video from this event may be used on www.flyingheritage.com, Facebook, YouTube, or other social media sites.
  • Visitors should expect loud noise due to the operation of aircraft, tanks, and guns.
  • Commercial photography, selfie sticks, ladders, alcohol and weapons are prohibited.
  • FHCAM reserves the right to remove anyone from this event at our discretion, without refund, for disruptive, unsafe, inappropriate or similar behavior.

Where do I park?
Parking is available at the FHCAM lot in front of our hangars, or at designated overflow lots nearby.

Where are the restrooms?
Restrooms are located in both of our hangars as well as throughout the event space. For exact restroom locations, please refer to your event trifold which you will receive when you enter the event.
Will food and beverage be available at the event?
Yes, food and beverage will be available from some of Snohomish County’s most tasty food trucks. A full list of food vendors can be found on the event you are attending’s webpage. If you do not wish to purchase your lunch from one of our food vendors or have special dietary restrictions, please feel free to bring food and beverage into the event. Alcohol is prohibited.  
What can I bring with me?
This site is ADA accessible, stroller friendly, and service animal friendly. You are welcome to bring food and beverage into the event with you. For a list of prohibited items please view the rules section of this event page.
If I am a member, do I get into this event for free?
All 2017 FHCAM signature events are free to members!

Are my tickets refundable if they were purchased through BrownPaperTickets?
Unfortunately, FHCAM is unable to process refunds for tickets purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. You will need to contact them directly to see about a refund.
Will events be postponed due to poor weather?
FHCAM events will continue happen with our without the weather cooperation. If it is raining, all flying demonstrations will be held until we have approval from the tower to fly. In some cases, flying demonstrations will be canceled all together.

Paine Field
by Steve K. Bertrand

Book_PaineField.jpgThis pictorial history includes more than 200 images from the local community, historical societies, regional libraries, and state archives, and traces the rich history of Paine Field from its earliest days to its present status as a bustling airport and commercial aviation center.

Available in our gift shop >