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Normandy Park

At Ohio University

 
 
Normandy Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 18, 2009
1. Normandy Park Marker
Inscription.
In honor of the War Correspondents who landed in Normandy, France, on D Day, June 6, 1944, with Allied Invading Forces; and others who joined them to report the Crusade Across Europe to bring freedom to that continent and the eventual end of a worldwide conflict of proportions unmatched.

Gathering 37 years later on this campus, where foreign correspondence is taught and historical records on World War II are maintained, some thirty members of this intrepid Press Corps assembled to dedicate this park and monument - headed by Jack Thompson, President of the Beachhead Correspondents' Association, who planted the first apple tree of a grove from Normandy, France, as a gift of France-Amerique.

Charles J. Ping, President, Ohio University
John R. Wilhelm, Dean, College of Communication, Chairman
George H. Lobdell, Professor of World War II History, Co-Chairman

[Dedicated] June 6, 1981
 
Erected 1981 by Ohio University.
 
Location. 39° 19.11′ N, 82° 6.308′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ohio, in Athens County. Marker is at the intersection of Richland Avenue and Plains Road (Ohio Route 682), on the left when traveling south on Richland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Athens OH 45701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Normandy Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 18, 2009
2. Normandy Park Marker
Apple grove behind marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Silas Bingham House (approx. mile away); Cutler Botanic Gardens (approx. mile away); Ohio University (approx. mile away); Manasseh Cutler Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ohio University Sundial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ohio University's Distinguished Visitors (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Kissing Circle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Student Voices (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Also see . . .
1. The War Correspondent Essay at Newseum. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. No Area Is Immune, by Ernie Pyle. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. On the Road to Berlin, D-Day 1944 by Ernie Pyle. (Submitted on March 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. CommunicationsEducationPatriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
View from Normandy Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 18, 2009
3. View from Normandy Park Marker
OU Convocation Center in distant left center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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