Remote Area Medical hosts 11th annual D-Day memorial ceremony

Remote Area Medical hosts 11th annual D-Day memorial ceremony

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Saturday’s D-Day memorial ceremony in Knoxville, hosted by Remote Area Medical, saw a record turnout. Saturday’s D-Day memorial ceremony in Knoxville, hosted by Remote Area Medical, saw a record turnout.
Hundreds of people turned out for the 11th Annual Salute to Service ceremony at the Downtown Island Airport, remembering that June day in 1944 that changed history. Hundreds of people turned out for the 11th Annual Salute to Service ceremony at the Downtown Island Airport, remembering that June day in 1944 that changed history.
But as the veterans sat through the ceremony, listening to patriotic music and watching a flyover and jump by parachuters, they are remembering the thousands of soldiers who are not here, those who lost their lives on D-Day. But as the veterans sat through the ceremony, listening to patriotic music and watching a flyover and jump by parachuters, they are remembering the thousands of soldiers who are not here, those who lost their lives on D-Day.
Knoxville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Saturday’s D-Day memorial ceremony in Knoxville, hosted by Remote Area Medical, saw a record turnout.

The event was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and recognized veterans from East Tennessee who served in that historic battle.

Hundreds of people turned out for the 11th Annual Salute to Service ceremony at the Downtown Island Airport, remembering that June day in 1944 that changed history.

150,000 troops invaded the beaches of Normandy, helping turn the tide against Nazi Germany in World War II.

"They pulled it off. They pulled it off with extraordinary bravery,” said Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical.

The public gathered to remember that day Saturday, honoring the soldiers who took part, including more than a dozen local veterans who were part of D-Day.

Each veteran was recognized by name during the ceremony.

"It means a lot. It means that you're appreciated for what you did,” said Oren H. Myers, a WWII veteran who served in the Air Force.

"What they did to honor the World War II veterans, the greatest generation, it just was awesome,” said Joe Filipowicz of Knoxville. "We wouldn't have what we have today. Our freedom.”

But as the veterans sat through the ceremony, listening to patriotic music and watching a flyover and jump by parachuters, they are remembering the thousands of soldiers who are not here, those who lost their lives on D-Day.

"I had a lot of friends who lost their lives and this is to commemorate what they did,” said Myers.

Remote Area Medical hosts this ceremony every year to make sure the sacrifice and importance of D-day is never forgotten.

"If something had gone wrong, then we wouldn't be here today and that's why we can't forget this,” said Brock.

"I want to thank them so much from the bottom of my heart for the freedom that we have today here in America. God bless the USA,” said Filipowicz.

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