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On June 6, 1944, the Allied Forces began the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

The Evening Sun’s June 6, 1944, headline said, “City Takes Invasion News Soberly and Quietly.” The paper’s news account said that the City Hall bell rang for a few  minutes about 9 a.m. Then the nearby bells at Zion Lutheran and St Vincent De Paul’s churches rang out.

“Many churches were open at an early hour and had an unusual number of visitors, especially women,” the paper said.

Blood donations to the Red Cross also increased. It would take a few more days for the newsreels to arrive from Europe. On June 9, 1944, the Hippodrome advertised “Actual Allied Invasion Plans.”

More than 9,000 Allied troops were either killed or wounded in the D-Day invasion.