Military Notes

East Coweta grad visits Normandy

Army Spc. James M. Estabrooks stood on hallowed ground in Normandy, France, earlier in June as he and hundreds of other American service members were visiting commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944, that changed the course of World War II and history.

“Honoring our history, securing our future” was the reason the American service members were visiting on the anniversary.

Estabrooks is a member of 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, from Caserma Ederle, Italy, and spent approximately a week in the Normandy region, participating in ceremonies and representing the Americans who fought here 70 years ago.

"Having the opportunity to come to Normandy has truly been a humbling experience. It is a dream come true to be here and meet the heroes of America’s greatest generation. Today I am going to jump from an airplane over the town of Ste. Mere Eleise, where 70 years ago paratroopers began the liberation of France. I am walking in the footsteps of giants," Estabrooks said.

Soldiers such as Estabrooks remain indebted to the veterans whose service demonstrated the selfless actions of the “greatest generation” who not only served to protect and defend our nation, but were part of a global force to defend peace and strengthen our ties with an emerging Alliance. The selfless actions by all allies on D-Day continue to resonate 70 years later as U.S. forces in Europe remain steadfast in our commitment to our European partners and NATO Allies.

He is a 2011 graduate of East Coweta High School, Sharpsburg, Ga.



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