Nashville commemorates D-Day anniversary with wreath-laying ceremony

Posted at 1:16 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 14:34:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The City of Nashville paid tribute to the Tennesseans who fought during World War II.

Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day – the Allied invasion of Normandy, France which became the starting point for the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe. More than 160,000 troops landed on the beaches that day, making it largest joint military operation ever undertaken.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held Thursday morning at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, honoring the sacrifices of Tennesseans.

The U.S. Navy Honor Guard from the U.S.S. Constitution and the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard also participated in the event.

On D-Day alone, 4,414 Allied troops were confirmed dead, with more than 9,000 wounded or missing.

Read more:
D-Day: What happened during the Normandy landings?

**CNN contributed to this story.