75th Anniversary of D-Day Honored at Bong Center

Brandon Weathers
Updated: June 06, 2019 10:18 PM

Veterans and community members gathered at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Thursday evening with a Flag of Remembrance Ceremony.

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American Legion Post 435 performed the ceremony. Commander Moore spoke about those who lost their lives and the challenges they faced on the same day 75 years prior. A moment of silence was then held in their honor. Salutes were raised, shoulder to shoulder, as taps rang out and the Flag of Remembrance climbed the pole.

Commander Moore comes from a three generation military family. It's his father, who served in World War II, who he thinks of on this day. "I remember watching the DD Anniversary with him, the 25th, and we discussed it a lot, and I just can't believe another 50 years have passed," Moore said. "I wish he was still here, because I know he would have enjoyed celebrating it with me."

Moore said his father is one of so many World War II veterans who are no longer with us. Melvin Ledin is one of the remaining vets still telling his stories. He and his three kids honored D-Day with a visit to the Bong Center.

"I went over there as a replacement because so many guys were getting hurt and killed and stuff," Ledin said. "I'm thinking I'm still lucky that I'm alive. At 95, too many people ain't alive at that age."

Melvin still carries a copy of his discharge notice, dated December 27th, 1945. You can actually find Melvin's name displayed at the Bong Center, along with a Red Bull badge for his service with the 34th infantry division.


Brandon Weathers

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