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Honor Flight Bluegrass to honor WWII Veterans

June 03 2019
Clarksville Now

LOUISVILLE, Ky (CLARKSVILLENOW) – This year marks 75 years since the D-Day invasion. On June 6, 1944, United States forces led the Allied Nations in the largest amphibious invasion in history. Operation Overlord, known as D-Day, saw over 73,000 U.S. soldiers and marines set in motion. They entered the final phase of World War II (WWII), risking their lives to preserve and protect the freedoms enjoyed today.

On June 6, 2019, in a very special memorial event, Honor Flight Bluegrass will honor these American heroes who served in WWII with a celebration at Louisville Memorial Auditorium, a historic site that was built to commemorate those who fought in WWI.

This special celebration “Operation Bravo Zulu”, will feature honored guest, 95-year-old WWII Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams, who will join his fellow WWII Veterans on this historic day. He will lead the ceremony with 75 or more WWII Veterans and their families recognizing and paying tribute to the “Greatest Generation.”

Included in the program are exhibits, the Ladies for Liberty singing troupe, the Don Krekel Orchestra and a special recognition of each WWII Veteran. The public is invited to join these Veterans and their families for the ceremony followed by a meet and greet.

Honor Flight Bluegrass is proud to host this event and expecting a celebration worthy of heroes.

“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, HFB Board Chairman. “Their sacrifices made the freedom we enjoy today possible.”

Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission to Operation Bravo Zulu is free for WWII Veterans and three of their guests. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased through the Louisville Memorial Auditorium. Full event schedule and tickets can be purchased on the website at

About Honor Flight Bluegrass:
Honor Flight Buegrass is an Honor Flight Network Chapter based in Louisville, Kentucky and is recognized as a 501 (c)(3), all volunteer, non-profit organization created to honor America’s World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans for all their sacrifices.

Honor Flight Bluegrass flies veterans to Washington, DC and provides them with a first-class, VIP, Police escorted tour to each of their respective memorials to honor their service, sacrifices and to create the greatest memory of a lifetime.

Top priority is given to those veterans from any war or conflict that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Subsequent priorities are given to World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans.