“Emotions and reactions ran the scale through excitement, apprehension, solemnity and immediate speculation…” as news of the D-Day invasions spread through Reading and Berks County 75 years ago today. D-Day was the start of Operation Overlord, the Allies’ assault on the Germans and the Western Front. Hearing the news of the invasions, many Reading residents (of all faiths) came together to pray for those involved. Today we remember all of the men who landed on those beaches or who were dropped behind enemy lines, not knowing what would happen next. We especially are thinking about the thousands of men who didn’t even make it to solid ground that day.
This photo and article were published in the June 13, 1944 edition of “Reading Newsweek,” which was published weekly by the Reading Eagle Press and distributed to Berks County service men and women by local industries. The papers were later printed in two bound volumes.