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Cantigny to mark 69th anniversary of D-Day

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  • This recently donated World War II-era truck will be on display Thursday, June 6, during Cantigny Park's commemoration of the 69th anniversary of D-Day.

      This recently donated World War II-era truck will be on display Thursday, June 6, during Cantigny Park's commemoration of the 69th anniversary of D-Day.
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Historic military vehicles, including a newly donated 2.5-ton GMC CCKW truck, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, to help commemorate the 69th anniversary of D-Day at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton.

Activities are planned for children throughout the day and are free with $5 paid parking.

The First Division Museum's fleet of nine historic military vehicles range from World War I through Vietnam, with the newest addition the truck donated by Mark Norman of Jupiter, Fla., who worked for years to restore it. He told museum officials his interest in the Army's 1st Infantry Division led him to represent the CCKW as one that would have landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Nicknamed the "Jimmy" by World War II soldiers, the truck will be displayed at Cantigny Park this summer and appear in several local parades and at community events.

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