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Historic USO to celebrate D-Day in June

Hannah Block USO and Community Arts Center will host a commemoration of D-Day on June 5. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington’s historic Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center will celebrate the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the beginning of June.

D-Day is when 156,000 sea and air Allied troops arrived on the banks of Normandy in World War II — June 6, 1944. It was the largest invasion ever assembled to defeat Nazi Germany.

The USO’s event takes place on June 5, noon. Navy Captain Wilbur Jones will present “Wilmington Meets the U.S. Navy at Normandy, D-Day, 80 Years Ago,” a look into the Navy’s role in the end of the war.

As well there will be WWII era uniforms, equipment, memorabilia, and weapons on display, historians and reenactors John Moseley and Cliff Tyndall in attendance. 

Owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre, the USO serves as the home for children, art, and recreation, as well as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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