D-Day: 70th Anniversary
D-Day Ohio: Normandy Invasion Re-Enactment
Belleville and Nutley Casualties, and more
On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches at Normandy aiming at the ultimate defeat of Hitler's war machine.
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Anthony Buccino researched and met local veterans of the D-Day invasion. He has written about survivors and the fallen from Belleville and Nutley, N.J. Between the two small northern New Jersey towns, at least 70 young men perished in the Normandy invasion of Fortress Europe and V-E Day.
Nutley lost 92 sons who died in WWII. More than 110 Belleville sons died in WWII.
In August 2013, Buccino spent a few days among the D-Day landing re-enactors at D-Day Ohio in Conneaut, Ohio.
He has spent many days touring The National D-Day Museum/National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
D-Day Conneaut brings together the die-hard re-enactors (most will sleep in their bivouac during the event) with vendors of nearly everything a collector needs from belt buckles and canteens to steel-pot helmets (for various armies) and a replica side-car motorcycle.
Anthony Buccino joined nearly 20,000 re-enactors and visitors on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17, 2013, on the shore of Lake Erie at Conneaut Township Park in Conneaut, Ohio.
D-Day Ohio event organizers expect 2014's 15th annual D-Day Conneaut re-enactment of the Normandy Invasion on Aug. 22 and 23, 2014, to draw the largest turnout yet. The event will mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day assault.
In the meantime, the group acquired the First Hungarian Reformed Church and will create a local museum that will be home to World War II and 1940s artifacts.
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Buccino's War Biography Books
The Nutley Sons and Belleville Sons honor roll projects are serious writing about a serious subject. With his daughter Andrea, two paperbacks were published based on the research about the men from Nutley, N.J., and Belleville, N.J., who died in service to their country. In 2011, he published Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War, a Brief History.
In May 2005, a new memorial to nine men who died in peacetime was dedicated in Nutley - based on the research in Nutley Sons Honor Roll.
In November 2005, more than 150 names were added to the Belleville memorial on Union Avenue, after having the blank slate for 50 years awaiting the list of names which was based on the research in Belleville Sons Honor Roll.
In 2006, six street names in a new residential development City Homes at Essex Park in Belleville, N.J., were renamed to honor veterans and four of the Belleville heroes who died while in service.
Buccino was named the recipient of the UNICO National 2005 Grand Order Filippo Mazzei William Paca Americanism Award.
New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’
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