On Thursday, June 6, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will welcome ten World War II, D-Day veterans aboard the USS Yorktown to share their memories about the invasion of France 75 years after the battle. The program is free to attend and will begin at 10:30 a.m. Lt. Gen. Paul T. Mikolashek, U.S. Army (ret.) will be the keynote speaker.
In addition to hearing first-hand accounts of the battle to take the beaches of France, the audience will also learn about the Navy destroyer USS Laffey’s role in supporting the invasion of Utah Beach on June 6. The warship, which is on display at the museum, is one of only three D-Day Allied warships still in existence. The United States Flag that flew on the ship on June 6, 1944 has been restored by museum staff and will be unveiled for the first time during the D-Day program.
The D-Day veterans participating in the event on June 6 are all from South Carolina. Following the program, they’ll participate in a meet and greet. The USS Laffey’s D-Day flag will also be available for museum visitors to take photographs alongside.
For more information, visit the Patriots Point website.