BC-D-Day Anniversary, ADVISORY
The AP will be providing comprehensive coverage of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied troops in Normandy, including reporting from the U.S. and Europe ahead of the commemorations in both the United Kingdom and France on June 5 and 6.
For up-to-the-minute coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org
Here is a look at the AP’s planned coverage, as well as some stories that have moved previously and are available for use:
D-DAY-75th ANNIVERSARY-AIRPLANE _ A World War II aircraft that led the D-Day invasion in 1944 is returning to Europe for the 75th anniversary of the epic conflict. Found in a Wisconsin plane yard and restored, the C-47 named “That’s All, Brother” will drop paratrooper re-enactors over the French coast in June. Air Force historians found the plane and verified its existence through military and Federal Aviation Administration records. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
D-DAY-SAVING FRANCE’S HONOR _ A look at one French D-Day veteran who was part of the 177-man French force that landed on D-Day. By John Leicester. 880 words, photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
D-DAY-VETERANS REMEMBER _ Multi-format package featuring D-Day veterans in the US, France and UK. Photo portraits with text, video by 8 a.m. Eastern/1200 GMT.
D-DAY-BRITISH VETERAN’S DUTY _ Seventy-five years after this working-class lad from London’s East End splashed ashore on Gold Beach, he is still focused on doing his duty. These days it is to remind younger generations about the sacrifices of those who didn’t come back. Text, photos by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-EDUCATION IN SCHOOL _ AP looks at how D-Day is taught differently in schools in the countries involved, and the differing perspectives on the war and post-war world by allies and enemies alike. Text, photos by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-FROM THE AIR _ Footage of the sites taken from the air. Drone package of images of the main battle sites. Photo and video package with short text by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-THE LIBERATED _ The French survivors who owe their freedom to D-Day’s fighters are more determined than ever to keep alive the memory of the battle and its significance. Text, photos, video by 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-THEN AND NOW _ Photo package looking at key sites in the war both then and now. By 5 a.m. Eastern/0900 GMT.
D-DAY-US-EUROPE RELATIONS _ Theodore Roosevelt Jr.’s grave marker at the American WWII cemetery in Normandy lies next to his brother who was killed during WWI. We’ll use that to look at the special relationship of US presidents with world wars and also highlight Trump’s trip. Text, photos, video by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
D-DAY-75 YEAR ANNIVERSARY _ Overall preview story on the importance of the 75th anniversary, based on the life and times of U.S. medic Charles Shay, who came in on the first wave into Omaha Beach. Now 94, we interviewed him this month on the same beach. Text, photos by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
D-DAY-AP WAS THERE _ Follow AP reporter Don Whitehead’s coverage as he sends dispatches from the Omaha beach landing, and his look back at the events of the day a year later. Text, photos, AP archive documentary video by 3 a.m. Eastern/0700 GMT.
BRITAIN-TRUMP _ US President Donald Trump is expected to begin a three-day visit to the United Kingdom. Developing in text, photos, video.
BRITAIN-D-DAY ANNIVERSARY _ US President Donald Trump and the first lady plan to attend a ceremony in the naval city of Portsmouth to commemorate D-Day on the final day of his three-day visit. Nations that took part in the campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany have been also been invited to attend. They include Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece, and Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Germany has also been invited in keeping with previous D-Day commemorative events. Text, photos, video developing from various commemoration events in Britain and France beginning at 5:15 a.m. Eastern/0915 GMT.
FRANCE-D-DAY _ President Emmanuel Macron leads D-Day ceremonies on beaches along Normandy’s coast 75 years after the D-Day landings. US President Donald Trump and his wife will attend an event at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. There will also be British and Canadian commemorations in Normandy.
Stories that have already moved and are available for use:
ONLY ON AP: D-DAY DYING GENERATION – Bidding farewell to a Jewish American-French D-Day veteran who died just a month before the 75th anniversary commemorations, a symbol of the loss of a heroic generation and their memories of fighting the Nazis. SENT: 870 words, photos, video on May 9.
D-DAY-ECHOES OF GRIEF: Marguerite Caldwell still remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was putting clothes on the line to dry. All over the small town of Bedford, Virginia, similar telegrams were delivered expressing the secretary of war’s “deep regret” that a loved one was killed or missing. Bedford is still coming to terms with its D-Day sacrifice. By Alan Suderman. SENT: 800 words, photos on May 19.
D-DAY SEARCHING FOR PAPA: AP simultaneously interviewed two long-separated sons of an American D-Day soldier, one in the US and the other in France, who found each other decades later thanks to DNA testing. By John Leicester. SENT: 1180 words, photos, video on May 20.