D-Day, World War II veterans set to be remembered during banquet


The 79th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy during World War II is coming up on June 6 and the We Can Be Heroes Foundation is set to hold its annual banquet in remembrance of that day.

This year’s event will take place on June 6 at the Salem Centre Auditorium located at 7235 Bentley Road in Jacksonville with a social beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and a special presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The foundation not only remembers the heroic and fateful day in history that D-Day was, but it also does its part to honor all the heroic World War II veterans who served during the ceremony.

Featured guests of honor at this year’s event will include Retired United States Navy Capt. Gregory Streeter, D-Day veteran Floyd Chester “Chet” Galbraith and World War II veteran Julian Myra.

All of which will talk about their experiences during the battle and the war and look back at the heroes that came forward during that day.

As part of the ceremony, those in attendance will be able to meet the local person who helped spearhead the efforts to erect a Navy memorial at the site of D-Day at Utah Beach in Normandy, France in 2008, after there had not been one for six decades prior.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to invite World War II veterans they may know as their guests to the ceremony, as it is a day in place to honor them and their sacrifice.

Seating is limited and tickets are $30 per person or $155 for a table of six and $205 for a table of eight. Veterans and Gold Star families receive a 10% discount, as well as any tickets donated to veterans.

Reservations for the event can be made by going to wecanbeheroesfoundation.org or by emailing beth@wecanbeheroesfoundation.org.


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