The 75th Anniversary of D-DayCelebration and Commemoration
June 1 - June 6, 2019
The Town of Hamilton, Massachusetts - the military home of record for General George S. Patton Jr in World War II - along with Patton Homestead Inc (PHI), the Wenham Museum, and other community partners invite you to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day the week of June 1 – June 6, 2019 beginning with a community picnic, food truck festival, and keynote lecture at the Patton Homestead on June 1, 2019. Note: All events, with the exception of Patton Family Archive Tours, will be free and open to the public. Daily Schedule of Events
A Brief History of D-Day
From 1939 - 1945, Germany’s Adolf Hitler spread an unrelenting reign of terror across Europe, killing millions of innocent civilians who lay in his path.
It is against this backdrop that World War II was fought, and that Operation Overlord—the epic Battle of Normandy — began on June 6th, 1944 .
Shortly after midnight in Britain, amphibious troops from the United States and other Allied nations crossed the English Channel and invaded the northern shores of Nazi-occupied France to begin the liberation of Europe. No invading army had attempted crossing the English Channel for centuries, and seventy-five years later, D-Day marks the largest seaborne and airborne invasion in history, involving almost two million Allied troops by its end in August 1944.
When the sun set that night, thousands of young men were dead. But millions more marched on through Europe over the coming months, many as part of Hamilton resident and four-star General George S. Patton Jr.’s victorious Third Army. These brave men were our grandfathers, our fathers, our uncles and our friends — and their average age was just 26.
Daily Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 1st
(Note: Rain Date - Sunday, June 2nd, 2019)
12:30pm – 4pm Community Picnic and Food Truck Festival
Bring your lawn chairs, your kids—and relax on the Homestead lawn!
Hamilton Historical Society Open House—North Wing
United State Marine Corps Truck Display
12:45pm; 1:30pm; 2:15pm; and 3:00pm—Tours of the Patton Family Archives—South Wing
(Note: Fee applies. Register through the Wenham Museum website)
2:30pm Wilber’s War, An American Family’s Journey through World War II. An autobiographical presentation by Hale Bradt. (Stables)
4: 15pm– Opening Remarks – The Patton Family, Sen Bruce Tarr, Rep. Brad Hill
5:00 pm Keynote Lecture (Stables):
Monday, June 3rd
Hamilton Wenham Public Library
WW II commemorative display during regular library hours; borrow WW II books. 14 Union Street, Hamilton
7:30pm WW II Movie (TBA) Community House, Hamilton (free)
Tuesday, June 4th / Wednesday, June 5th
Hamilton Wenham Public Library:
WW II commemorative display during regular library hours; borrow WW II books.
14 Union Street, Hamilton
Homestead grounds open to the public - Sunrise to sunset
D-Day Thursday, June 6th
Note: All events, except for tours of the Patton Family Archives, are free and open to the public.
11:00am—1:30pm Brown Bag Lunch for Seniors at Patton Homestead with tour of Hamilton Historical Society and Patton Family Archives — (Limited to 15 participants—To register, call Mary Beth Lawton at Council on Aging—978-468-5595)
11:00am Open House Hamilton Historical Society (North Wing)
3:30pm; 4:15pm; 5:00pm; 5:45pm Tours of the Patton Family Archives (Note: Fee applies. Register through the Wenham Museum website)
Patton Family Movies (Main House)
Closing Ceremonies 7:00pm – 8:30pm – (Patton Homestead)
General Patton’s Speech to the Third Army dated June 5, 1944 (Note: strong language)
General Patton’s D-Day Letter to his son, the future General George Patton IV
The general public is invited to share a photo and read the names of local family members who participated in the D-Day Campaign