Remembering D-Day 74 years later


Photos courtesy of Jeanne Vollmer unless otherwise noted


by Cynthia Price


The LST?393 pulled out all the stops to commemorate D-Day 1944, also known as the Normandy Landing, which was the largest seaborne invasion ever and gave the allied forces in World War II a foothold from which they eventually won the war.

Reenactors were everywhere at the LST’s 2-day event, which featured a dance Friday night, a pin-up contest and reenactment Saturday, and of course the museum’s very moving exhibits.

The event co-chairs were Sean Boomer and Dave Johnson. Event co-founder and co-chair Sean Boomer says that idea for the event originally came about in his backyard with friends Chris Johnson, Adam Maycroft, and Damien Stricker (now deceased). He adds that they could not have done it all without Dave Johson, who is Chris’s dad, and who also had the connection with the LST

91-year-old Richard Pilon joined the actors doing a major reenactment at 4 p.m. Saturday. As he was taking part, he hurt his hand for real before he fell down on deck as part of his role.

Some of battle was recreated with exacting detail, such as the tent shown above, which was put together of triangles that each of a number of Germans might carry with them.

D-Day Plus’s primary purpose is to publicize Rolling Thunder, which exists to make the public aware of prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW-MIAs). The organization also helps American veterans in a variety of ways.

Boomer suggests that those who are interested go to the group’s Facebook page, by searching for “Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 4.”