Bob Holtan beside Sherman Tank that came ashore on Utah Beach. (Submitted photo)
Bob Holtan beside Sherman Tank that came ashore on Utah Beach. (Submitted photo)
June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the largest military operation in history.

Operation Overlord involved about 73,000 American troops, part of a total of 160,000 Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen, who crossed the English Channel and began the invasion of the European mainland shortly after midnight. Eleven months later, Hitler had been defeated and the war in Europe was over.

Bob Holtan, from KDEC AM/FM in Decorah, toured the landing beaches of Normandy last year and will offer his presentation "D-Day Plus 70: The Landing Beaches of Normandy" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at Decorah Public Library.

Bob and his wife Colleen, along with their son Nick, spent a week touring the landing beaches of Normandy and museums dedicated to D-Day. His presentation will include visuals plus interesting details on the remarkable efforts of the Allies, with a focus on Utah and Omaha Beaches and the artificial harbor at Arromanches, Normandy France.

The program is free and open to the public; a special invitation is extended to all area veterans.

Call the library at 382-3717 for more information.