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EAA Commemorates Milestone D-Day Anniversary

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    Brig. Gen. Gary L. Ebben of the Wisconsin National Guard speaks to a group of veterans.
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    Doug Ward, who served in World War II as a B-17 ball turret gunner, conducts an interview during EAA’s June 6 D-Day 70th anniversary program.

June 11, 2014 - EAA honored the 70th anniversary of D-Day by hosting a special program in the AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar on Friday, June 6. Several World War II veterans, current military personnel, and other officials commemorated the massive Allied landing along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy.

An hour-long program included a description of that fateful day by Brig. Gen. Gary L. Ebben of the Wisconsin National Guard. A recording of President Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer was played, followed by a solemn wreath laying ceremony, C-47 flyover, and the playing of “Echo Taps.”

On Saturday, June 7, several hundred museum visitors were treated to World War II living history displays, including ground vehicles from the Military Veterans Museum of Wisconsin, exhibits from the Warbirds Living History Group, and several wartime aircraft examples on display. Visitors also had opportunities to climb into the cockpits of a de Havilland Mosquito bomber, a North American B-25 bomber, and a North American P-51 Mustang. The Warbird Heritage Foundation’s P-51 Baby Duck performed several flybys at EAA’s Pioneer Airport.

EAA produced an audio slide show including still images accompanied by narration and audio clips from the Friday ceremony. Watch the audio slideshow.

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