Seventy-five years after allied soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion of northern France, Sugar Hill officials will gather to break ground on a memorial to veterans of all wars.

The city announced it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its Veterans Memorial Plaza at 9 a.m. Thursday — the anniversary of D-Day — at City Hall, which is located at 5029 W. Broad St. Veterans and residents are invited to attend the ceremony.

“The veterans memorial groundbreaking is a unique opportunity to celebrate not only the memorial, but also the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day of the Allies’ invasion of Normandy Beach during World War II and the beginning of the end of Nazi rule in Europe,” city officials said in a statement.

The Sugar Hill Veterans Memorial Plaza will be located at the intersection of West Broad and Church streets, across the street from City Hall.

The plaza will include six monuments highlighting the six military service branches, as well as an eternal flame water fountain.

The goal of memorial plaza is for it to serve as “a continual expression of gratitude” to veterans for their military service. On the day of the groundbreaking, however, it could end up being the service of the soldiers and sailors who served at D-Day that is remembered the most.

“Dedicated on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach during World War II, the Veterans Memorial Plaza testifies of the city of Sugar Hill’s endless gratitude for the armed forces and for the freedoms that their sacrifices have provided us,” city officials said.

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