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D-Day Commemoration to be held at State Capitol Friday

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MADISON (WKOW) ---Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos will host D-Day +70  commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy.  The ceremony will recognize the sacrifices of Wisconsin’s veterans from that day and others on Friday, June 6 at 12:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The program, D-Day +70, is being presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Honor Flights and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

We will stream the event live on WKOW.com on Friday.

“D-Day marks an important day in our nation’s history and I couldn’t be more honored to spend it with these veterans,” said Secretary Scocos. “As we reflect on this day, we must come together as a state to thank and recognize the greatest generation - and all veterans - for all they have done to make our country great. Without them, we would not have the freedoms we do today.”

As part of the ceremony, World War II veterans will be honored. The honorees include: 1st Sgt. Ray Nelson of Beloit, 401st GIR, 101st Airborne, 325 GIR, 82nd Airborne; Staff Sgt. Herb Huebschen of Beloit, 325 GIR, 82nd Airborne; Staff Sgt. Gene Strutzenberg of Brodhead, 504 PIR, 82nd Airborne, Staff Sgt. Lawrence Michaelis of Madison, 327th GIR, 101st Airborne, and Staff Sgt. Connie Allord of Madison, U.S. Marine Corps.

1st Sgt. Ray Nelson will serve as a special guest speaker to share his D-Day experience. Nelson rode a glider into Normandy, venturing into enemy territory, and fighting in the harshest of conditions. He received a Silver Star for gallantry in action during World War II.

On June, 6, 1944, 160,000 allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the invasion of German-occupied Western Europe and led to an Allied victory in World War II.

“The WDVA would also like to thank the Honor Flights and the Broadcasters Association for their work to honor veterans,” Secretary Scocos added. “We are appreciative of these organizations for giving veterans the opportunity to see their war memorials and for giving veterans and their families such important and powerful experiences. It’s a pleasure for us to partner with the organizations dedicated to making this happen.”

D-Day +70 is free and open to the public. Also, an amphibious DUKW from the Original Wisconsin Ducks will be on display outside the Wisconsin Veterans Museum located on the Capitol square for the public to climb in and to learn about amphibious landings. This educational activity is free and available from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Check back Friday for our LIVE coverage on WKOW.com


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