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2:30 p.m. at Normandy Park on Richland Avenue near the Ohio University Inn
This rededication ceremony will honor the war correspondents who landed at Normandy, France, on D-Day (June 6, 1944) to cover Operation Overlord, the successful Allied invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The park was originally dedicated in 1981 when John R. Wilhelm, a former D-Day correspondent himself, was dean of the College of Communication. Wilhelm was also a former director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
4 p.m. Unveiling and rededication of Cornelius Ryan Room at Vernon R. Alden Library, Fifth Floor
Cornelius Ryan was Wilhelm’s friend and colleague; both were D-Day correspondents. Ryan, an Irish journalist, compiled his wartime reporting notes into several successful books. He was the author of “The Longest Day: 6 June 1944 D-Day” and “A Bridge Too Far,” both of which were turned into major films. Ryan also wrote “The Last Battle” about the Battle for Berlin. His collection of extensive notes and papers is housed at Alden Library, and the Ryan Room is part of the Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections.
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