I'll be coming from SW Fla and I'm signed up to work
in the Allied TOC or Tactical Operations Center.
"OK D-Day Fever"
By: Daniel Mareno Jones
OK D-Day Fever- The fever that usually comes around about 3
months or sooner before the D-Day event. Sometimes annoying
to self and others. Your mind is D-Day, but can only be satisfied
by being there. Symptoms: Packing 2 months or so in advance.
Buying new paintball gear. Finding every excuse to get time off
work to go. And a few others. Note: Fever usually caught after
first year at event.
Fever not really curable.
Each year in June, at least for the past 13 years, an event takes
place in the small northeastern Oklahoma town of Wyandotte. The
event, which is called 'The Annual Oklahoma D-Day Event,' is held
to help honor and preserve the memory of all those who fought
during WW II, specifically those who took part in the invasion of
Normandy during the evening of June 5th and on the morning of
One of the new aspects of this yearly event this year is a competition
to see who can produce and submit the best event background video.
Winners will receive a variety of valuable prizes as well as satisfaction
of knowing that their video has been selected to help promote the
event. The clip I've attached today (see below) is just one of the
entries in this competition.
Preparations for D-Day go on year round, but they really begin at
the site on or around June 7th and the final day long battle for the
beaches kicks off at 0900 hours on Saturday, June 12th. Starting
on the 7th and throughout the week leading up to the battle over
3,000 participants from around the world will arrive on site to get
familiar with the field, as well as spend time training and working
together as teams. They'll be divided up into groups which represent
all the many combat units, from both sides, which took part in the
When they're not busy training participants are free to visit a number
of newly built, air conditioned stores which have recently been erected
on the site, including a D-Day era cafe decorated with historic
photos, uniforms and memorabilia. For the third year in a row
everyone will also get to meet and listen to a WW II veteran of
the actual invasion, Mr. Jake McNiece, a life long Oklahoma
resident and veteran of the 101st Airborne Division.
On that Wednesday evening those on the site will have an opportunity
to take part in yet another new event aspect, a USO style amateur
hour talent show and canteen dance. Music of the 40s will play as a
number of participants dressed in period uniforms take part.
Residents from the surrounding area are also cordially invited to stop by
and observe the preparations for this epic battle, including the annual
parade of the units which takes place that Friday afternoon, as well as
visit the D-Day Cafe, or take rides around the field as the battle unfolds
Video competition entry -
For more information about the D-Day event please contact either one
of the event officials in Wyandotte, at 918.666.3411, or call my office
here in Florida at 407/563-3884.
Andrew Van Der Plaats
Allied Command PAO