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Kentucky veterans honored on anniversary of D-Day

'Operation Bravo Zulu' will be the largest gathering of World War II veterans in Kentucky history, with more than 115 veterans expected to attend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 75 years ago, thousands of soldiers battled on the shores of Normandy to fight for our country. On Thursday, Honor Flight Bluegrass is hosting the largest gathering of World War II veterans in Kentucky history - and you are invited!

"Operation Bravo Zulu" will be held on June 6 at the Louisville Memorial Auditorium. The event, which means "Thanks for a job well done", will honor World War II veterans on the anniversary of D-Day.

95-year-old WWII Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams is the evening's honored guest. Williams will lead the ceremony for more than 115 World War II veterans and their families. The ceremony will feature exhibits, the Ladies for Liberty singing troupe, the Don Krekel Orchestra, and special recognition for each veteran.

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The public is invited to join the celebration. A meet and greet will be held after the ceremony, so members of the community can have the opportunity to thank the veterans for their service.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet and thank these great American heroes for their service to the country," said Jeff Thoke, Honor Flight Bluegrass Board Chairman. "Their sacrifices made the freedom we enjoy today possible."

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Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for veterans and up to three guests. Additional tickets may be purchased for $10 on the Louisville Memorial Auditorium website.

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