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Hundreds of WWII veterans honored during D-Day remembrance

Jun 7 2019

Deni Kamper | WLKY

More than a hundred World War II veterans attended a ceremony at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Honor Flight Bluegrass organized the event, called Operation Bravo Zulu, which translates to "a job well done."

The ceremony included music by the Ladies of Liberty singing troupe and the Don Kelek Orchestra.

Hershel "Woody" Williams, 95, spoke at the event.

Williams was serving in the Pacific theater on D-Day and earned the Medal of Honor for his courage during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

"All I was doing at the time was the job I had been trained by other Marines to do," Williams said.

Eugene Haupt parachuted into Normandy the night before D-Day. He said he landed 20 miles from their target zone but he could hear the fighting that took place on June 6, 1944.

"Gunfire, heavy gunfire," Haupt said.

Every veteran who attended Thursday night's ceremony was honored during a roll call. They also received a memorial flag.

Williams said he hopes future generations never forget the sacrifice that his fellow patriots made, giving up their lives for the United States of America.

"All of those individuals take part in the war, knowing when they signed the oath, 'I may never get home again," Williams said.

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