On Monday, May 30th, join us to pay tribute and say thanks with a moving ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM. With music by Brass Five and representatives of the Marine Corps League as well as the other service branches, we will honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The newly installed veteran’s bricks will be dedicated, and also look for a special display of “Fallen Soldier Battle Crosses,” an homage to more than two centuries of American military personnel who have given their lives.
Bob VandeLinde, recipient of the Silver Star for his service in Korea and a long-time volunteer at the D-Day Memorial, will be the keynote speaker. VandeLinde served with the U.S. Army 11th Airborne. On October 22, 1950, he was assigned to an eight-man outpost in Sukchon, Korea when he was confronted by a large attacking force estimated at 200 strong. He fought the enemy using his rifle and grenades. He continued to attack even after being bayoneted in the chin. He was able to make his way back to the command post to warn the commanding officer of the impending attack and giving his fellow soldiers time to prepare for the assault. Bob’s speech, “Freedom is Not Free,” will be the highlight of the ceremony.
In addition, Memorial Day will be first opportunity to get a glimpse of the recently donated collection of memorabilia from the estate of our founder, Bob Slaughter. Be sure to visit the Education Tent (named for Bob) to see this inspiring display.
Admission is free 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Guests are asked to bring their own chair for the ceremony. Call (800) 351-DDAY for more information.