On behalf of the
D-Day Ohio, Inc.,
we welcome you to join us for "D-Day Conneaut" our
annual recreation of June 6th, 1944.
Quickly becoming America's premier living history events,
this free to the public reenactment is a highly realistic and educational
reenactment of the WWII European Theater of Operations and
the D-Day Normandy invasion.
Since 1999, this
re-creation of the events surrounding the allied landings on the coast of Normandy, France has thrilled thousands of
spectators. The event occurs within the beautifully kept
grounds of Conneaut Township Park,
in Conneaut, Ohio. Hundreds of re-enactors from
across the United States and Canada assemble on the 250
yard long beach and sloping adjacent terrain, which closely
resemble Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Other areas of the park provide secluded venues for recreations of inland skirmishes between the occupying German soldiers,
French resistance fighters, and Allied parachute and Glider infantry.
Spectators have an excellent and unobstructed view of the
battlefield. Encampments of Allied and Axis units provide
spectators the entire 1940's military experience. Sea side,
home life, and camp life of the soldiers, sailors, and
airmen who participated in the actual landings are
realistically recreated with original equipment, uniforms
and vehicles. If you are new to D-Day Conneaut, click our
link for some guidance and suggestions.
Our Mission: Memento Sempre
Educate about and commemorate the Normandy Invasion of June
6, 1944, predominantly through living history.
It is the purpose of D-Day Ohio, Inc. to faithfully preserve
the events of June 6, 1944 by annually sponsoring "D-day
Conneaut". The event commemorates the World War II
battle that occurred on the Normandy coast in early June of
1944 between the Allied and Axis armies.
D-day Conneaut is a cultural and historical reenactment of the
WWII era. Great attention is given to participant authenticity so
we can create a living history of
WWII. Beyond the reenactment of the beach attacks by WWII
re-enactors, an encampment of both Allied and Axis troops
will be held to share the daily life of the soldiers of both
armies. Through the encampments, battle reenactments, lectures,
displays and tours, the public gains an
understanding of the events that occurred
prior to June 6, 1944, and the sacrifices made during and after the invasion.
Special recognition is given to all U.S. veterans, particularly
those who served in WWII. Profits from the event will be
dedicated to the continuance of the event in future years.
History D-Day Conneaut began in
1999 when a small group of
reenactors set out to "relive the day" of the Normandy invasion the beach at Conneaut Park. Initially, this was not
a public event, though park visitors had the opportunity to watch the reenactment from the bluff overlooking the beach.
In 2007, D-Day Ohio, Inc. incorporated and the all volunteer staff began its quest to make D-Day Conneaut the largest and most historically accurate D-Day
Living History Reenactment in the country. The event now
draws over 750 reenactors a year from the US and Canada who
participate in the various living history activities and
nearly 20,000 spectators during the two day event.
In 2009, D-Day Conneaut expanded the program to a Friday
evening of musical entertainment and added a morning combat
scenario at a vintage stone
bridge located inside the park. This engagement featured
Axis inland forces pitted against Allied airborne. In
support of the Allies were operatives of the French
resistance. Following the battle, evacuations of simulated
wounded were taken to a field hospital located on the parade
ground. With the addition of the inland elements, D-Day
Conneaut became an overview of "Operation Overlord", the
code name for the entire Normandy operation.
2009 also marked the first appearance of a WWII LCVP
landing craft aka a Higgins Boat during the beach invasion
In 2010, Friday noon opened the program and the day ended
with a new
battle inspired by the actions at Foucarville. Saturday, as in previous years, the day kicked off
at 9 AM and later in the day the amphibious beach battle
reenactment featured 3 LCVP's, airplanes and plenty of
The reenactment extends into Saturday evening culminating in
and dance which features a live "Big Band" orchestra.
In support of the D-Day event, the businesses and cultural
centers of the City of Conneaut added programming as well.
The 2010 event was highlighted by a record number of
2011- Veteran Outreach
This year, great strides are being made to bring as
many WWII Veterans to D-Day Conneaut as possible. As
individual units close their national reunions, we hope that those still able to travel
will choose to make D-Day Conneaut
their reunion central.
We welcome all our former swabbys,
dog faces, leathernecks, wingnuts, cunnuckers, Rosie the
Riveters, Waac's, Waves, Wasps and all others of the
Greatest Generation to reunite in Conneaut as we celebrate,
honor and relive their history. If you are a veteran or the
family of a veteran, we urge you to contact
Eric Montgomery who is heading up this effort.
Through the generous support private
contributors, reenactors assemble together to form the
amphibious arm of the seaborne landing. A combination of
Allied troops representing Britain, Canada, Poland, France
and the United States arrive on landing craft similar to
those used during D-Day. They are supported by replicas of
period aircraft flying overhead compliments of Titan
Aircraft. Together, they form the assault force to simulate
an attack upon the elevated Axis troop emplacements
overlooking the beach; just as it was on the morning of June
D-Day Ohio also gratefully acknowledges the contributions and support of our government partners including Conneaut Township Park, the City of Conneaut, Ashtabula County, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the
Federal Aviation Administration.