Santa Monica Public Library > Santa Monica Image Archives > Soldiers helping veterans disembark during the reenactment of D-Day landing, Santa Monica, Calif

Image / Soldiers helping veterans disembark during the reenactment of D-Day landing, Santa Monica, ...

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Title
Soldiers helping veterans disembark during the reenactment of D-Day landing, Santa Monica, Calif
Creator
Tarzynski, Stephen
Date Created and/or Issued
1994
Contributing Institution
Santa Monica Public Library
Collection
Santa Monica Image Archives
Rights Information
Images are for personal research, scholarly and educational purposes. Contact the Santa Monica Public Library Image Archives for information about the reproduction of images. The Library assumes no responsibility for the improper use of any image from the Archives.
Description
Kathleen Sheldon Collection
On June 1, 1994, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy, the French Consulate in Los Angeles organized a reenactment of the historic battle on the beach in Santa Monica. The event was supported by boats, ships, and vintage fighter planes. Veterans, re-enactors, active duty soldiers and Marines staged the landing as a crowd of a few thousand watched from the sand.
In the late 1930s, the U.S. military began developing small boats that could carry troops from ships to open beaches. Andrew Jackson Higgins of New Orleans adapted his Eureka Boat to meet the military's specifications for a landing craft. The boat seen in the image is a Higgins Boat.
Santa Monica Public Library Image Archives
F419
Digital object 5139 img0029
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print: color
Identifier
F419
http://digital.smpl.org/cdm/ref/collection/smarchive/id/8653
Subject
Crowds--California--Santa Monica
Historical reenactments--California--Santa Monica
Soldiers--California--Santa Monica
Veterans--California--Santa Monica
Provenance
Donated to the Library

Explore related content on Calisphere: