ESSEX — As Americans in general, and World War II veterans across Cape Ann and elsewhere today mark the 68th anniversary of the historic Normandy invasion, visitors to Essex tonight will get to hear the firsthand recollections from one who was there.
World War II and D-day veteran Morley S. Piper will be the speaker for a free half-hour talk to be held starting at 7 p.m. at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum at 66 Main St., in Essex.
Piper was a 19-yer-old Second Lieutenant when his platoon landed on Omaha Beach in the French province of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Despite enormous losses, the Normandy invasion across the British Channel by U.S., British and other Allied forces on that day and in the days that followed caught the occupying German forces with an element of surprise, and the event is widely hailed as the invasion that turned the tide in the European theater of the war.
Piper, a longtime resident of Essex, also served for 45 years as the executive director of the New England Newspaper Association.
A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow his presentation tonight, Anyone seeking more information on the event may contact 978-768-6441.