Lubbock veterans commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

Lubbock veterans commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Lubbock citizens paid their respects to those who fought and died in Operation Overlord.

"Being 75 years out from these dates means that our veterans are in their 90s," Sharon McCullar, curator for the Silent Wings Museum, said. "So, we're losing them at a bit of rate, so it's important to recognize those that lost their lives in the conflict itself, and also those that have passed on."

On June 6, 1944, D-Day, or H-Hour, Allied forces surged into Europe to fight Nazi Germany. It was the largest land and sea invasion in history, and it would eventually lead to the end of Germany's Third Reich.

An estimated 10,000 Allied troops died, including more than 6,000 Americans. 


"The amount of pressure that was on their shoulders, the amount of training that they went through, failure was not an option," Benny Guerrero, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Lubbock, said.

At the Cost of Freedom Ceremony, hosted at the Silent Wings Museum, citizens and veterans in Lubbock commemorated that great and noble undertaking.

Members of the VFW Post 2466 and Purple Heart Chapter 0900 built the Battlefield Cross and recognized members of the "greatest generation" who brought freedom back to the Western front.

"The World War II generation did so much for this nation, not only for the world or for the nation, but for humanity as a whole," Guerrero said.

Though the Allied forces may have been outgunned, Guerrero said they were not outspirited.

As the world paused to remember the liberators of France, he said their sacrifice should always be remembered.

"A soldier truly dies when he's forgotten, and we can't allow anyone to forget," Guerrero said.

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