Special Observances

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Sunday, June 6 is the D-Day anniversary. The D-Day anniversary reminds us to remember those young Soldiers who changed the course of history with their sacrifice. Remember their sacrifice and value the freedom they bought with their blood, sweat, and tears for all generations that follow.  

D-Day resulted in the Allied victory in Europe and the liberation of France. On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops. (https://www.army.mil/d-day/).

Quotation Mark

From letters my great aunt received from his commander, he (Uncle Eake) was an excellent Soldier and fought bravely in all battles. We (family) are so proud of his bravery and legacy.

Camille DeMarco ’81, M’01, assistant director, KU University Marketing

Photo collage of PFC Eake DeMarco

Photo collage of PFC Eake DeMarco from toddler age to serving in the U.S. Army.

Pictures of PFC Eake DeMarco

Pictures of PFC Eake DeMarco in uniform and his 1st Division uniform patch, known as "the Big Red One."

PFC Eake DeMarco's Medals

PFC DeMarco earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for heroic achievement.

Picture of PFC Eake DeMarco's Burial Site

A picture of PFC Eake DeMarco's gravesite in St. Laurent, France, U.S. Military cemetery.

Four pictures of Private First Class Eake DeMarco from toddler age to serving in the U.S. Army.
A picture of the 1st Division patch, also known as 'the Big Red One," and a picture of PFC Eake DeMarco in uniform standing in front of a body of water with a mountain in the background.
A picture of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals that was awarded to Private First Class Eake DeMarco
A picture of Private First Class Eake DeMarco's gravesite in St. Laurent, France, U.S. Military cemetery.

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