The Film “D-Day: Normandy 1944” Recalls a Battle for the Ages

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When the largest Allied operation of World War II began on June 6, 1944, history changed its course forever. Many people remember the surprise, the tragedy and the success of the battle, which did not come without tremendous losses (over 4,000 dead). D-Day: Normandy 1944 is a new film that provides insight into the why and how of this landing. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film captures the strategy, action and heartbreak of the event in which so many gave their lives for freedom.

The film is being shown at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History through January 4, 2016. Seniors who remember growing up in the dark days of World War II—including veterans of the war—and succeeding generations will want to see this moving tribute. Through multiple cinematic techniques (CGI, animation, live-action images), the story is told on the huge IMAX® screen.

Historical events behind the invasion are explored in the film, such as when “Operation Overlord” (as the operation was code-named in its planning stages) was begun in 1943 when the Allies decided to open a Second Front on the western side of Europe. During a few short months, thousands of boats, planes and other supplies were assembled in anticipation of the landing on the beaches of Normandy…all the while keeping the location a secret.

The resulting landing (in a very small window of opportunity) and fierce battle itself ultimately led to the liberation of Paris in August, 1944 and momentum that helped the Allies defeat the Nazi regime.

Tickets to the movie are $7 for seniors and children/students, and $8 for adults. The 50 speakers in the IMAX theatre, producing 24,000 watts of sound, fully immerse viewers in the experience.

The museum is also the fun place for a day out, discovering the “Caterpillar Light Walk,” a magical tunnel that is perfect for holiday photos. THINK, a 6,600-foot interactive exhibit developed by IBM, explores technological wonders of today and possibilities for the future. The permanent DinoLabs and DinoDig® explore fascinating paleontology finds in North Texas, and the 10,000-foot “Cattle Raisers Museum” celebrates the history of raising cattle.

Caregivers from Home Care Assistance of Fort Worth can provide your senior with opportunities to experience local events such as D-Day: Normandy 1944 and the exhibits at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. They can also provide in-home care, helping with such tasks as medical assistance, household chores and companionship


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