June 11 2009
While standing in France at the grave of WW1 soldier Gilbert Karsten, 90 year old veteran Ray Lokers from Hamilton, Michigan reflects on his service in World War II. Two days earlier, at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France overlooking Omaha Beach, 16 year old Alyssa Katerberg shares how visiting the final resting place of over 10,000 WWII veterens has impacted her.
Ray and Alyssa are the oldest and youngest travelers with the Holland American Legion Band traveling throughout Normandy, France to perform in the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion ceremonies.
June 9 2009
General Dwight D Eisenhower spoke to his troops on June 5, 1944 in anticipation of the largest military mobilization in the history of the world. He spoke of the skill of his troops, the nobility of their mission, and their commitment to persevere. The following morning, after the invasion was well underway, President Roosevelt paused to offer a prayer for the Allied Forces.
Forty Years after the D-Day Invasion, President Ronald Reagan visited Point du Hoc and spoke about the determination and sacrifice made by the soldiers who were committed to freedom.
On June 6, 2009 President Obama spoke on the steps of the memorial at the American Cemetery in Normandy, France in commemoration of the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
On June 7 and 8, 2009 the Holland American Legion Band performed a concert and participated in a wreath laying and flag waving ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and toured the grounds at Point du Hoc.
June 7 2009
The Holland American Legion Band was well received 06Jun09 at their concert in Saint-Lo, France as part of the 65th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Follow the Legion Band blog at www.HollandLegionBand.org.
Click on the arrow below to listen to the Holland Legion Band's performance of the Star Spangled Banner.