“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Keyser in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)


June 6, 1944

D-Day Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), July 12, 2020
1. D-Day Marker
You will enter the Continent of Europe and…undertake operations aimed at the heart of Germany and the destruction of her armed forces.
Mission statement to General Eisenhower

The Germans had years to prepare for the coming invasion, so people knew it would be bloody — the main questions were where and when it would land. The obvious place to land a large Invasion force on mainland Europe was Calais, France, where the English Channel is the most narrow. In fact, Calais was the focal point for an enormous allied diversion effort, one that confused the Germans and delayed their deploying reserves in time to defeat the real invasion. Other obvious ports, such as Le Havre and CHerbourg, France had become heavily defended German fortresses. The stage was set for the most dramatic invasion in history, the D-Day invasion on the Normandy Coast.

One town, Bedford, Virginia, (about the size of Keyser), lost 21 of 35 men sent into battle that day with the 29th Infantry Division. One June 6, 2001, the National D-Day Memorial was opened at Bedford,
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with four symmetrically placed chords dividing the memorial plaza into five sections, indicating the five beaches invaded at Normandy. Those chords came together at water's edge, signifying, planning, sacrifice, and decisive action at a given moment in time. While it is important for free people to act decisively as a group, it is also important for individuals to act decisively when duty calls.

Ed Kelley answered with action "above and beyond" the call of duty.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 2001.
Location. 39° 26.382′ N, 78° 58.614′ W. Marker is in Keyser, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on West Piedmont Street (West Virginia Route 46) just west of North Davis Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 N Davis St, Keyser WV 26726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. World War II (here, next to this marker); Key Terrain (here, next to this marker); Kelley Memorial Plaza (here, next to this marker); The First Battle of Kesternich (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Bulge (here, next to this marker);
Ed Kelley Memorial Plaza image. Click for full size.
July 12, 2020
2. Ed Kelley Memorial Plaza
Regaining the Initiative (here, next to this marker); Jonah Edward Kelley (here, next to this marker); The Medal of Honor (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keyser.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 97 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on July 14, 2020.

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