COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Seventy-five years ago, tens of thousands of Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of World War II.
Today, their heroic actions are being remembered across the world and here in central Ohio.
At La Chatelaine, on Lane Avenue, a tradition was born 28 years ago, and with it being June 6, that tradition continued Thursday.
On June 6 of 1944, paratrooper Don Jakeway landed in Normandy.
“I was in that first wave,” he said. “All we knew was, after 37 days, they pulled us out.”
It was at about that moment when he realized D-Day was a success, a turning point in the war.
And a turning point in northern France, where the owners of La Chatelaine hail from.
“There, D-Day is a special day,” said La Chatelaine owner Valerian Wielezynski. “Europeans and American have a strong alliance. Today, nothing would be possible without D-Day.
To say thank you to veterans, some from World War II, others from other theaters of combat, La Chatelaine offered food and music during the annual observation.
June 6, 1944 is a day very far from forgotten.
“It just shows how proud of that we still got a lot of people that are interested in something that happened that many years, ago 75 years ago,” Jakeway said.
On D-Day, the Allied forces were victorious, and today, so many are still grateful.
“They couldn’t live their life,” Jakeway said. “They were dictated on and I can go on and on and on and it was an absolute tremendous feeling to know that we were in there to get freedom back for these people.”