Volunteer for the D-Day Reading of the Names

On the evening of June 5th, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a Remembrance Ceremony and Candlelit Vigil to honor all those who died during Operation Overlord (June 6 – August 30, 1944). As part of the ceremony, we will be reading the names of those who gave their lives and are buried at Normandy American Cemetery in France. Unfortunately, there is no complete list of all those who died during Operation Overlord. However, we will be reading those names identified through the Normandy American Cemetery. We will also honor all who made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Overlord.

On June 5th, names will be read beginning at 4 p.m. and continue through 5 p.m. at which time we will host a brief ceremony featuring remarks by Barbara George, daughter of Captain Malcolm L. George who died on June 7, 1944 after landing with the invasion force on D-Day. Then, starting at 5:30 p.m. through 12 a.m., we will continue reading the names of the nearly 9,000 individuals buried at Normandy American Cemetery who died during Operation Overlord. We will read the names chronologically by day, and then within each day alphabetically.

If you would like to participate in the Reading of the Names, please fill out the form below. A single volunteer slot requires reading 20 names.

Volunteer to Participate in the Reading of the Names as part of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Commemoration

  • Please choose as many one hour blocks as you are willing to read in. We will need approximately 70 volunteers per hour. We will contact you before the 5th to inform you of your assigned slot. There may be opportunities for multiple slots per volunteer. **Note: the 6-7PM slot is now closed. We are not accepting any more volunteers for that slot!
  • **PLEASE NOTE: During this reading of the names, we will only be reading the names of World War II veterans who died during Operation Overlord in Europe, June 6 - August 30, 1944.
  • Please provide the following information for the Operation Overlord servicemember whose name you want to read:

  • PLEASE be sure to include ALL of the information if the servicemember is not buried in Normandy.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY

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