Daily Taps at the WWI Memorial

“Taps,” our national song of remembrance by Congress’ declaration, is played at 5 p.m. each evening at the WWI Memorial in Washington, DC.  Visitors to the memorial will hear and see the emotional tribute to all who served and are serving in the armed services played by a military bugler in WWI period military dress. […]

PTSD Awareness Month

“June is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and is intended to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD, reduce the stigma associated with PTSD, and help ensure that those suffering from the invisible wounds of war receive proper treatment.”  https://militarybenefits.info/ptsd-awareness-month/ 

Women Veterans Day

Women have served in the military since the founding of the Republic. From the story of Molly Pitcher, who served with the Continental Army during the Revolution, to the women serving today, America’s military women have long demonstrated courage, patriotism and leadership.  Women Veterans Day was first celebrated in June of 2018. Learn more: https://womensmemorial.org/

75th Commemoration of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act

“Signed on June 12, 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act legally permitted women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in a number of official capacities. Most importantly, the act allowed women to serve in all four branches of the military. Previously, women serving in the military could enlist as volunteers in clerical positions […]

Flag Day

"In 1893, the Society of Colonial Dames succeeded in getting a resolution passed to have the flag displayed on all of the city’s public buildings. Elizabeth Duane Gillespie, a direct descendant of Benjamin Franklin and the president of the Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, that same year tried to get the city to call June 14 […]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday


June 23, 2023 marks the 84th Birthday of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. “When the Coast Guard “Reserve” was authorized by act of Congress on June 23, 1939, the Coast Guard was given a legislative mandate to use civilian volunteers to promote safety on and over the high seas and the nation’s navigable waters. […]

Anniversary of the Korean War

June 25, 2023 marks the 73rd Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War. “After five years of simmering tensions on the Korean peninsula, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when the Northern Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea in a coordinated general attack at several strategic points along the 38th parallel, the […]

Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift

June 26, 2023 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, an allied humanitarian aid response to the Soviet Union’s land and sea blockade of West Germany at the end of WWII, and which led to the organization of NATO. https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Inside-DOD/Blog/Article/2062719/the-berlin-airlift-what-it-was-its-importance-in-the-cold-war/ https://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/declassified_156163.htm  

National PTSD Awareness Day

"Many people across the globe suffer silently with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). In an effort to educate the public and help those affected, June 27 has been named PTSD Awareness Day." https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/ptsd-awareness-day-talking-about-a-silent-disorder.html Learn more: https://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd/ptsd-awareness https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/awareness/index.asp

Independence Day

"Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies were no longer part of the British Empire but now the United States of America." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/independence-day Learn more: https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/july-04/

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event solely for military veterans. The event demonstrates the unstoppable character of veterans and seeks to foster wider respect for all people with disabilities. The Wheelchair Games is open to all U.S. veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, multiple sclerosis, or other central […]

VFW National Convention

The 124th VFW National Convention will be held in Phoenix from July 22nd-27th. “Every year, thousands of VFW and Auxiliary delegates gather to represent the organization’s total membership of more than 1.6 million at the weeklong convention. While there, our mission is to approve new national priorities to guide our organization as we lobby Congress […]

National Hire a Veteran Day

Follow the links below for resources about hiring veterans and how National Hire a Veteran Day came about: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50758/july-25-national-hire-veteran-day/ https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/hire https://blog.dol.gov/2020/07/24/dol-salutes-national-hire-a-veteran-day

National Buffalo Soldiers Day

"Buffalo Soldiers Day on July 28 commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprised of African American soldiers on September 21, 1866, seventeen months after the end of the Civil War. Established by Congress, these regiments were the first peacetime, all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army." https://nationalvmm.org/buffalo-soldiers-day-july-28/ Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/buffalosoldiers/index.htm

Purple Heart Month

"This month is dedicated to paying our respects to all the brave men and women wounded or killed in combat. The official Purple Heart Day is observed on the 7th day of August each year, commemorating the historic day in 1782 that General George Washington, Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army, commissioned the first Purple Heart […]

Anniversary of the Gulf War

August 2, 2023 marks the 33rd Anniversary of the start of the Gulf War. “When Saddam Hussein invaded his small, oil-rich neighbor in the summer of 1990, the Department faced its first full-scale post-Cold War international crisis. Bush’s foreign policy team forged an unprecedented international coalition consisting of the NATO allies and the Middle Eastern […]

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2023 marks the 233rd Birthday of the United States Coast Guard. “The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast […]

Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary 2022 National Convention


DAV’s 2023 103rd National Convention will be held in Atlantic City. “DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.” https://www.dav.org/learn-more/about-dav/  Learn more: https://www.dav.org/events/ 

Purple Heart Day

"Purple Heart Day is a day of observance to commemorate the creation of the Purple Heart in 1782." https://www.thepurpleheart.com/history/ Learn more: https://www.uso.org/stories/2276-8-purple-heart-facts

Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Convention

Vietnam Veterans of America’s 2023 National Convention will be held at the Rosen Centre, Orlando, FL. “VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.” https://vva.org/who-we-are/about-us-history/  Learn more: https://vva.org/events/2022-vva-national-leadership-conference/ 

National Spirit of ’45 Day

Spirit of ’45 Day, passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress in 2010, honors America’s “Greatest Generation” and is observed on the second weekend in August, coinciding with the anniversary of August 14, 1945, the day on which President Truman declared the end of WWII.  “Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of shared sacrifice, service, […]

National Navajo Code Talkers Day

“August 14 is National Navajo Code Talkers Day, a day to commemorate the contributions of Native American code talkers who served in the U.S. military during World Wars I and II. Code talkers utilized a secret, coded language, based on their native language, to communicate important information over military telephones and radios.” https://nationalvmm.org/national-navajo-code-talkers-day/ Learn more: […]

PVA 11th Annual Healthcare Summit + Expo

“For ten years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has expanded its commitment to spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D), MS, and ALS patient care through its annual Summit. Summit is an intensive, three-day learning and sharing experience that provides the most updated and vital information, state of the art research, and emerging science, which can be put to […]

National Airborne Day

To learn about National Airborne Day, follow the link below: https://www.army.mil/article/238179/national_airborne_day_holds_special_resonance_at_fort_benning_birthplace_of_the_airborne https://www.hfotusa.org/the-history-behind-national-airborne-day/

NGAUS 145th General Conference and Exhibition

“More than 2,000 Army and Air National Guard officers from all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia gather to connect, party and get down to business setting the NGAUS upcoming legislative agenda.” https://www.ngaus.org/events/145th-general-conference-exhibition

AMVETS National Convention

The 78th AMVETS National Convention is set to be held in Pittsburgh in 2023. Please visit the link below as more information becomes available. https://www.amvets.org/amvets-events

Anniversary of the End of WWII

September 2, 2023 marks the 78th Anniversary of the End of World War II, also referred to as Victory Over Japan Day, or V-J Day. “On September 2, 1945, formal surrender documents were signed aboard the USS Missouri, designating the day as the official Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day).” https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/75th-anniversary-end-world-war-ii  Learn more: https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/photos 

22nd Anniversary of 9/11

This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Terrorist Attack on the U.S. “September 11th is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in tribute to the individuals lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and […]

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

“National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent president has issued an annual proclamation commemorating the third Friday in September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremonies share the common purpose of honoring those who were held captive and returned, […]

Event Series Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

“Hispanic and Latino Americans have distinguished themselves in the U.S. military for as long as our country has existed.” https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2017/10/national-hispanic-heritage-month-celebrating-veterans/  Learn more: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/79921/secretary-wilkie-honoring-hispanic-american-veterans/ https://www.army.mil/hispanics/history.html https://www.uso.org/stories/2469-hispanic-american-military-heroes 

Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day

Originally observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day and declared by Congress in 1936 to be held on the last Sunday in September, President Obama amended the declaration in 2011 to include families.  Learn more: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/gold-star-surviving-family/support-after-loss/honoring-gold-star-families/ 

U.S. Navy Birthday

October 13, 2023 marks the 248th Birthday of the United States Navy. “A 13 October 1775 resolution of the Continental Congress established what is now the United States Navy with ‘a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men, be fitted, with all possible despatch, for […]

26th Anniversary of the Military Women’s Memorial

“Dedicated to the more than 3 million women who have served our country since the American Revolution, the Military Women’s Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery and is the nation’s only major national memorial to honor all women who have defended the nation—from the Revolution to the present.” https://womensmemorial.org/index.php/about/  

National Veterans Small Business Week

"Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This year marks the eighth annual NVSBW." https://www.sba.gov/national-veterans-small-business-week

National Military Family Appreciation Month

“November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a time when America honors and recognizes those unique sacrifices and challenges family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. No matter what rank or branch, or where life has taken them, our nation’s military families share the common threads of service and sacrifice.” https://www.militaryfamily.org/november-is-military-family-appreciation-month/ Learn more: […]

Northern Virginia Veterans Parade

Old Town Manassas, VA

VetPar, Inc. annually hosts the Northern Virginia Veterans Parade in Manassas, VA. The 2023 parade will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 11:00 am and honors all veteran and active duty residents. The parade is dedicated to all service members past, present, and future. All Veterans are encouraged to participate. Learn More: http://www.vetpar.org

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2023 marks the 248th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps. “On 10 November 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of Marines. Congress commissioned thirty-one year old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. From Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Nicholas raised two […]

Anniversary of the End of WWI

November 11, 2023 marks the 105th Anniversary of the End of World War I, Armistice Day. “World War I – known at the time as ‘The Great War’ – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting […]

Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

November 11, 2023 marks the 102nd Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is Arlington National Cemetery’s most iconic memorial. The neoclassical, white marble sarcophagus stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. Since 1921, it has provided a final resting place for one of […]

Veterans Day

"Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In 1938, through an act of Congress, November 11th was made a legal holiday." https://www.govinfo.gov/features/veterans-day Learn more: https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Army War College Birthday

November 27, 2023 marks the 122nd Anniversary of the Establishment of the Army War College. “The US Army War College educates and develops leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower.” https://www.armywarcollege.edu/overview.cfm  Learn more: https://usawc.org/ 

U.S. National Guard Birthday

December 13, 2023 marks the 387th Birthday of what is now the United States National Guard. “On this date in 1636, the first militia regiments in North America were organized in Massachusetts. Based upon an order of the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s General Court, the colony’s militia was organized into three permanent regiments to better defend […]

National Wreaths Across America Day

"Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad." https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

U.S. Space Force Birthday

December 20, 2023 marks the fourth birthday of the United States Space Force. “On December 20, 2019, the United States Space Force (USSF) became the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. The Space Force was established within the Department of the Air Force (DAF) with the enactment of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).” […]

Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm

January 17, 2023 marks the 32nd Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, the 42-day, US-led military operation set in motion by President George H.W. Bush to push Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of the region the August prior. Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/1728715/desert-storm-a-look-back/ https://www.britannica.com/event/Persian-Gulf-War https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-92/ http://www.ndswm.org/

Event Series African American History Month

Black History Month

Explore the rich contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans throughout U.S. Military history with these resources: https://armyhistory.org/category/african-american-history/ https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/tuskegee-airmen-interview-daniel-haulman https://www.militarytimes.com/military-honor/black-military-history/

Four Chaplains Day


"In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, First Sergeant Michael Warish nearly gave up hope as he floated helplessly in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Just minutes earlier, he and the almost 900 others aboard the USAT Dorchester were near safe waters when a German torpedo slammed into the engine room. […]

USO Birthday


2023 marks the 82nd Birthday of the United Service Organizations (USO). “Since 1941, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to […]

U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Birthday


February 19, 2023 marks the 82nd birthday of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.  “The Coast Guard Reserve was established by the passage of the Coast Guard reserve and Auxiliary Act of February 19, 1941. That act also established the Coast Guard Auxiliary under its present name (the Auxiliary had originally been called the Coast […]

Event Series Brain Injury Awareness Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month


“The Department of Defense and the Military Health System recognizes March each year as Brain Injury Awareness Month to increase awareness of traumatic brain injuries, and the Department’s efforts to improve its ability to identify, care for, and treat service members and veterans who are affected by TBI.” https://health.mil/News/Articles/2020/03/02/Brain-Injury-Awareness-Month-raises-awareness-of-TBI-in-the-military Learn more: https://dod.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0316_tbi https://www.brainline.org/military-veterans

Event Series Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

“Women have served in the military since the founding of the Republic. From the story of Molly Pitcher, who served with the Continental Army during the Revolution, to the women serving today, America’s military women have long demonstrated courage, patriotism and leadership. ” https://womensmemorial.org/index.php/about/

Navy Seabee Birthday


March 5, 2023 marks the 81st Birthday of the Navy Seabees. Learn more: https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/03/03/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-your-seabees/ https://americangimuseum.org/seabee-birthday/

K9 Veterans Day

"Service members have relied on canine comrades since the beginning of organized warfare, but it wasn’t until March 13, 1942, when the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps” that they became a critical part of the armed forces." https://americanhumane.org/press-release/national-k9-veterans-day-on-march-13-honors-americas-military-dogs/

American Legion Birthday


March 15, 2023 marks the 103rd Birthday of the American Legion. “March 15, the designated birthday of The American Legion, is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 […]

Anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom

March 20, 2023 marks the 20 years since the Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “In March 2003, U.S. forces invaded Iraq vowing to destroy Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and end the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein.” https://www.cfr.org/timeline/iraq-war  Learn more: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/middle-east/operation-iraqi-freedom.html

National Rosie the Riveter Day

"'National Rosie the Riveter Day' is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the 16 million women working during World War II." https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/237/text Learn more: https://rosietheriveter.net/make-march-21st-national-rosie-the-riveter-day/

National Medal of Honor Day

"The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented." https://homeofheroes.com/national-medal-of-honor-day/ Learn more: […]

Vietnam Veterans Day


More than 50 years have passed since the Vietnam War. On Vietnam Veterans Day, we remember 9 million American servicemembers who answered the call to duty.  “Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper […]

Event Series Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

“April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make […]

Gold Star Spouses Day

“Gold star families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of our country’s military community and history.” https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/gold-star-surviving-family/support-after-loss/honoring-gold-star-families/ Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/story/Article/2246026/understanding-the-significance-of-the-gold-star/

162nd Anniversary of the Civil War

April 12, 2023 marks the 162nd Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War. “At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor. Less than 34 hours later, Union forces surrendered. Traditionally, this event has been used to mark the beginning of the Civil War.” https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/Civil_War_Begins.htm […]

Air Force Reserve Birthday


April 14, 2023 marks the 75th Birthday of the United States Air Force Reserve. “The Air Force Reserve was created as a separate component on April 14, 1948, when the Army Air Corps Reserve was transferred to the Air Force. The Air Force Reserve lineage dates back over 100 years to when Reserve Airpower was […]

Purple Up! Day

Throughout the Month of the Military Child, DoDEA encourages schools and communities to plan special events to honor military children. Wearing purple is a visible way for everyone to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Learn more: https://www.aetc.af.mil/News/Article/2150236/month-of-the-military-child-2020-purple-up-day/ https://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/FactSheet-MonthOfTheMilitaryChild.pdf

U.S. Army Reserve Birthday


April 23, 2023 marks the 115th Birthday of the United States Army Reserve. "What began in 1908 as a small corps of medical professionals held in readiness for duty is today the Army’s global operational reserve force, with a presence in all 50 states, five U.S. Territories and 20 Time Zones across the globe." https://www.usar.army.mil/ArmyReserveBirthday/

National Military Brats Day

"Military Brats, Inc. founded Military Brats Day in 2016 to recognize present and former children of military personnel, and their dedication and sacrifice in the service of this country." http://militarybratsinc.org/national-military-brats-day-initiative/ Learn more: https://www.vehiclesforveterans.org/blog/what-is-military-brats-day-2017/

Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War

April 30, 2023 marks the 48th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War. Learn more: https://www.vvmf.org/ https://armyhistory.org/category/army-history-center/war-cat-91/ https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Chronologies-of-the-Marine-Corps/Vietnam-War-1962-1975/ https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/vietnam-war/vietnam-war0.html https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/assets/1/7/United_States_Airforce_in_Vietnam.pdf

Military Appreciation Month

"Officially designated by Congress in 1999, Military Appreciation Month takes place every year throughout the entire month of May. Every year, the president issues an annual proclamation reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom." https://www.uso.org/stories/2699-what-is-military-appreciation-month

Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2023 marks the 78th Anniversary of the End of World War II in Europe, also known as Victory in Europe Day (or V-E Day). Learn more: https://www.defense.gov/Experience/VE-Day/ https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe

Children of Fallen Patriots Day


"To salute the sacrifice of military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, May 13 has officially been proclaimed Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This date shows appreciation for the young people whose lives were forever changed in support of their parents’ service to our country. Too often, this tremendous sacrifice […]

Armed Forces Day


“Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. Thanks to President Harry S. Truman, it’s a day to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. President Truman led the effort to establish a holiday in order for citizens to unite and to honor our military heroes for their patriotic […]

Memorial Day

“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.” https://www.usmemorialday.org/history-of-memorial-day  Learn more: https://militarybenefits.info/memorial-day/ 


June 6, 2023 marks the 79th Anniversary of D-Day. "It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitlers dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944." https://www.dday.org/overview/  Learn more: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/topics/d-day https://www.army.mil/d-day/history.html https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/d-day.html https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/1789416/operation-overlord-d-day/