In 2018, D-Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, the 6th of June. While the day of week changes every year, D-Day is always celebrated on June 6th. This holiday is celebrated in remembrance of the brave soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, on June 6th, 1944.
When Do We Celebrate D-Day?
D-Day occurred in history on June 6th, and so that is the day every year that Americans celebrate the holiday. It is considered an observance day, and not a Federal holiday. That means that the day is not typically given off to employees and that the holiday will fall on the exact same date every year, unlike Federal holidays like Martin Luther King Day, which occur on certain days of the week during the year.
June 6th, 1944 was the day of the Normandy landings in France during World War II. It is the day that Allied forces both lost thousands of soldiers, and also turned the tide of the war. June 6th is the day we celebrate it today; to honor those who had fallen on that day in 1944.
D-Day began being observed in 1945, only one year after the infamous battle took place. It has been commemorated on June 6th every year since.
Why Do We Celebrate D-Day?
D-Day is not considered a Federal holiday, so most employees don’t get the day off. It is only celebrated in the U.S., but many places all over the world hold memorials and events to honor D-Day in Normandy. D-Day is remembered throughout the year on an international level.
D-day is remembered today because it was a significant point in the Second World War Not only did thousands upon thousands of brave soldiers lose their lives, but their perseverance help gain some footing; ultimately helping Allied forces win the war. D-day is celebrated to honor those who lost their lives and to celebrate what their sacrifices brought.
There are monuments and museums all over the country that honor D-day every day, but on the holiday they usually hold special events and exhibits. Many people spend time at cemeteries, memorial services, or museums; keeping the honor of their sacrifice known for years to come.