Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 4, 2014

D-Day re-print coming

ASHLAND — Friday’s copy of The Ashland Daily Independent will include a special section in honor of the 70th anniversary of the historic D-Day Invasion during World War II, reproducing the “EXTRA” edition that hit the streets on the afternoon of June 6, 1944.

The 12-page section had to be resized from the original broadsheet to fit the format of modern press equipment, and has advertising in the additional space created at the bottom of each page.

In addition to commemorating the 70th anniversary of the invasion on the beaches at Normandy, France the special edition has been reprinted by The Independent in conjunction with the upcoming “1944 Walking Tour of Downtown Ashland,” sponsored by the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center and the Eastern Kentucky Military Historical Society. The walking tour will celebrate Ashland’s role on behalf of America’s war effort, and includes more than two dozen three-by-four foot enlargements of photos of the downtown area from the 1940s. Downtown business owners will be participating with window decorations, refreshments and invitations inside their shops, and music from the war era will echo along Winchester Avenue as vehicles from 1942 and earlier are welcomed into place.

The Hollywood movie “The Longest Day,” based on the D-Day invasion, will also be shown at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, which was home to the Capitol Theater during the days when soldiers and sailors flooded in and out of Ashland’s railroad depot.

Walking tours are scheduled to begin on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children less than 10 years old, and available at the Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Lamp Post Cafe and Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. For more information, call (606) 547-2607.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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