MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will welcome 10 World War II D-Day veterans aboard the USS Yorktown to share their memories about the invasion of France 75 years after battle.
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.
Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Paul T Mikolashek, U.S. Army (ret.) served for more than 30 years. In addition to serving as the Army’s Inspector General, Mikolashek also served as the Commanding General, Third United States Army/Army Forces Central Command.
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 program is free to attend and will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 6th.
D-Day veterans participating in the event on June 6 are all from South Carolina.