D-Day Conneaut has a number of different ways of honoring veterans of World War 2 in general, and D-Day veterans specifically.
D-Day Conneaut has multiple battles throughout it's two and a half day run, based on actual assaults.
The fight to liberate France didn't begin with the Normandy invasion, and D-Day Conneaut reflects that with several Maquis attacks throughout the event.
French resistance fighters fought in many ways against the Nazis, including using assassinations and explosives, according to the National World War 2 Museum.
The invasion started with C-47 airplanes and gliders delivering troops into occupied France, with orders to take the town of St. Mere Eglise from the Germans, according to the National D-Day Memorial.
Anti-aircraft fire drove the planes and gliders away from their intended landing zones, leaving the paratroopers spread across Normandy. The paratroopers, around 28,000 in total, were successful in capturing St. Mere Eglise, according to the National D-Day Memorial.
Early in the morning of June 6, Allied naval forces started bombarding German gun positions. There was some disagreement between the Army and Navy, as to how long the bombardment would last, according to the National D-Day Memorial.
The Navy wanted to fire on the coast for two hours, but the Army did not want to give the Germans time to reinforce the beaches. In the end, it was decided that the bombardment would begin at 5:50 a.m., and would last for 40 minutes, before the landings themselves began.
The bombardment was a mixed success, according to the National D-Day Memorial, with many of the German artillery pieces being destroyed, but the anti-personnel fortifications were still intact after the shelling.
Nearly 5,000 landing craft ferried soldiers and equipment from the armada to the beaches, according to D-Day Conneaut. Among those craft were numerous Higgins boats. D-Day Conneaut owns two replica Higgins boats, which give free rides from the Conneaut Public Dock during the event.
Another point of assault was Pointe du Hoc, a cliff where German artillery was aimed at Omaha Beach, according to the D-Day Memorial. 150 Rangers attacked the Pointe, only to find that the guns had been moved.
Despite the chaotic nature of the landings, all of the beaches the allies targeted were captured by the end of the day.
175,000 soldiers were ashore by the end of June 6, with more to come as the foothold expanded, according to the National World War II Museum.
The paratroopers dropped into occupied France fought a bloody battle for La Fiere bridge, fighting for four days to secure a small bridge and causeway, according to the National World War II Museum.
There were 12,000 Allied casualties, including those captured, wounded, and killed. Estimates put the number of German casualties between 4,000 to 9,000.