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Today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the largest amphibious assault in history when they stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, which was occupied by German forces. The beaches were especially well fortified as the Germans had ample time to prepare for the assault.
Twenty Virginia Tech alumni died around the beaches of Normandy in World War II. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has a service project to raise money to help keep the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., open, and first-year cadets make an annual trip to the memorial. Alumni donations have helped cover the cost of that journey, along with many other special activities within the Corps of Cadets.
As we needed another reason to be proud of Virginia Tech and our Corps of Cadets.