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Honor Flight Bluegrass “Operation Bravo Zulu” to Honor Veterans on 75th D-Day Anniversary

May 30 2019
The Lake News

Please make plans to join Honor Flight Bluegrass as it marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, a milestone that is expected to represent the last largest gathering of WWII Veterans around the globe!

To honor the sacrifice of these soldiers whose bravery sparked the end of World War II (WWII), Honor Flight Bluegrass will host a special memorial event, “OPERATION BRAVO ZULU,” on Thursday, June 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Louisville (Kentucky) Memorial Auditorium. World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams will join fellow WWII veterans and their families for this celebration.

We are proud to host this event and hope you will make time to join us and help us spread the word! If you need additional information, please feel free to contact me,

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, United States (US) forces led the Allied Nations in the largest amphibious invasion in history—Operation Overlord, known as D-Day. Over 73,000 U.S. soldiers and marines set in motion, the final phase of World War II (WWII), risking their lives to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy today in America.

On June 6, 2019, in a historical 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. “Operation Bravo Zulu” (Thanks for a job well done!), 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 as we recognize and pay tribute to these members of the “Greatest Generation.” Dale Faughn, a Marine WWII Veteran and Kentucky’s Poet Laureate, will address attendees with a special 75th Anniversary D-Day poem. French Consul-General, Guillaume Lacroix, will offer remarks for this occasion, as well as other state and local dignitaries. Included in the program are exhibits, the Ladies for Liberty singing troupe and the Don Krekel Orchestra. Emcees include Heather French Henry and Rachel Platt. Each WWII Veteran will also be presented with commemorative gifts. The public is invited to join these Veterans and their families for the ceremony followed by a meet and greet.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to meet and thank these great American heroes for their service to our country,” said Jeff Thoke, HFB Board Chairman. “Their sacrifices made the freedom we enjoy today possible. We (HFB) are proud to host this once in a lifetime event.”

The Louisville (KY) Memorial Auditorium is located at 970 South Fourth Street. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased through the Louisville Memorial Auditorium website at (Check the attached itinerary for a schedule of events.) Visit for more information.

Special thanks to sponsors Kentucky Farm Bureau, Woodmen Life, Kentucky Veteran’s Trust Fund and inkind sponsors Sullivan University, Mission BBQ, Memorial Auditorium and Plehn’s Bakery.