NC Troops Participating In D-Day Observance

Troops from North Carolina bases are participating in the final day of the observance of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of France.

The three-day observance of the World War II invasion in Normandy ends Sunday with a mock airborne assault that includes about 40 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

Col. Merle D. Hart is commander of the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Air Force Base and was invited to lay a cemetery wreath. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Hart was a crew member of a plane that dropped paratroopers on June 6, 1944.


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  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 7, 2009 at 07:16 AM
    Please show respect for our WW2 Vets. A small poem for you WW2 Vets on " D-Day " God Bless you all. ---- Naval guns bombardment, shattering the dawn sky, Whistling of shells falling, and exploding close by, Landing crafts overloaded, struggling towards the beach, The Enemy guns retaliating, but stay well out of reach. The battle for the Liberation of Europe is now on, Landing on Utah, Omaha ,Gold, Juno and Sword, We were ordered hold that beach for the second and third wave, This was the objective attained on the first day, We got on Normandy Beach our Armies were here to stay, The Nazi's killed most of my friends on Normandy Beach on Liberation Day.
  • by sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on Jun 7, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    Thank you WITN for showing this. I was sitting at base the other day and the music for the lowering of the flag went off at 5 as usual and there were a few soldiers that stopped what they are doing and salute until the music goes off.
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