NATIONAL (WCIA) — Wednesday is the 74th anniversary of D-Day.
On this day, the Allied Forces invaded the coast of Normandy. It started the long trek to Berlin and the end of World War II. The Decatur Club hosted a lunch to honor veterans from the greatest generation.
It’s still considered the biggest takeover by land, air or sea in history: D-Day. It happened June 6, 1944. Allied Forces came together to push back the German army.
The Decatur Club wanted to pay tribute to those who were a part of the war when the battle took place.
“While I was in high school at age 17, I enlisted in the aviation program for the Army Air Corp.”
Jim Olson served mainly in the southwest United States, including Texas and Arizona. He says he remembers one thing about D-Day.
“Thinking it was going to be a very important day in history.”
Frank Hubbard is a military collector. He brought several memorabilia pieces to the event from WW II.
“I think it’s important to get this stuff out and let people see.”
D-Day happened more than 70-years ago, but these veterans said items like these grenades and bullets remind them of the days they served.
“He had a lot of Japanese hand grenades there that I remember were often thrown at me.”
Irwin Soliday says his war memories go back long before D-Day.
“When D-Day happened, we had already been fighting in New Guinea for almost six months.”
These veterans say they’ll never forget that time in their lives and this anniversary reminds them of the sacrifices they made for all of us.
D-Day is considered by most as the most important battle during WW II. The war started in 1939 and ended in 1945. The “d” in D-Day means the day a military operation starts.