Nicolas Batum Attends Ceremony To Honor 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces comprised mostly of American, British, French and Canadian soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France by sea and air straight into the teeth of the German Nazi army in the first major operation after the United States joined World War II after the bombings at Pearl Harbor. It was an exceedingly bloody and harrowing battle, with estimates that as many as 100,000 soldiers, on both sides, perished before the beachhead that would allow Allied forces to eventually liberate Europe from the Axis powers was established.

To honor the sacrifice of both the living and dead who took the beaches of Normandy, dignitaries and heads of states from countries that took part in the invasion have descended on Ouistreham, one of the invasion points on D-Day code-named “Sword Beach,” for what will likely be the last chance to pay tribute to the veterans who survived the operation (the youngest WWII veterans are now well into their 80s).

And it just so happens Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is there for the ceremony. Batum grew up in the Normandy region and got his first taste playing professional basketball playing in Caen, a city located just south of the site of the invasion that was all but leveled in the bombings leading up to D-Day. He’s been posting photos from the ceremony on social media, which you can see below …