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Roger B. Chaffee Post 154

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COMMANDER’S MESSAGE 

Greetings: 

 
June 6, 1944. D-Day, Normandy, France.  
 
     In the early morning hours of Sunday, 6 June, 1944 more than 156,000 infantry and paratroopers from more than a dozen allied nations launched an invasion of France. France had been conquered by Nazi Germany in 1940 and had been under German control for four years. After much preparation, hard work, and millions of dollars, the United Nations Allies, including the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Free France, and many others, landed on the beaches of Normandy.  More than 4,000 Allied troops were killed on the first day of the battle. After several days of intense combat, the United Nations Forces broke through the German lines and began the surge toward the French capital, Paris. By late summer, the Allies were deep into France and Belgium and on their way to Germany. Nine months after D-day, the war came to an end with collapse of the German Reich. 

 
When you are enjoying a day at the beach or an afternoon baseball game this month, take a moment to think what our forebears did on that sandy beach 80 years ago. 

At the May Legion meeting, our members approved an annual dues increase from $45 to $50 effective 1 July 2024. The increase was necessary as the National Legion and Dept of Michigan are raising their dues by $5.00. 
 
Semper Paratus, 
Keith M. Wakefield, USCG, Ret 
 
PS:  June 14 is Flag Day.  Please fly Old Glory on that day.  
 
PPS:  I want to thank all the volunteers who spent three days (21,22,23. May) placing US Flags on veterans grave sites at Rosedale Cemetery on Lake Michigan Dr. Over 4500 flags were put down by our members and their families. Great job by all concerned. Rosedale looked great when we were done. 

 

COMMANDER

Greetings:

 

Keith Wakefield