• Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (2nd from left), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, fastens the Bronze Star Medal on the shirt of Pvt. 1st Class Dewel J. McGriff during an Honor Flight Tennessee Valley ceremony conducted June 6 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.  The ceremony was in observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and in honor of all World War II veterans nationwide.  "It's because of your service that we are a free nation today," said Joe Fitzgerald, president of Honor Flight.  "You fought and won a war against facism," he said as he addressed an audience of about 200 people.

    D-Day honorees

    Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (2nd from left), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, fastens the Bronze Star Medal on the shirt of Pvt. 1st Class Dewel J. McGriff during an Honor Flight Tennessee...

  • Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, listens as Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle points something out.  To the right of Gen. Campbell is John Rogers, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army.  Rogers is a Vietnam veteran.  The event was an Honor Flight Tennessee Valley award ceremony conducted June 6 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., and saw the presentation of three Bronze Star Medals and a Purple Heart. The ceremony was also in observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and in honor of all World War II veterans nationwide.

    D-Day Anniversary

    Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, listens as Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle points something out. To the right of Gen. Campbell is John Rogers, civilian...

  • World War II veterans and their spouses arrive at the entrance to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.  An Honor Flight Tennessee Valley award ceremony was conducted June 6 in observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and in honor of all World War II veterans nationwide.  Three long-awaited Bronze Star Medals were presented to WWII veterans (one posthumously) in addition to a Purple Heart (also posthumously).

    World War II Veterans Arrive

    World War II veterans and their spouses arrive at the entrance to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. An Honor Flight Tennessee Valley award ceremony was conducted June 6 in observance of the 65th anniversary of D-Day and in honor of...

  • Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (2nd from L), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, presents a U.S. flag to a family member of Navy veteran Raymond V. Ashburn who was also presented a Purple Heart (posthumously).  Ashburn was killed in combat on Aug. 9, 1942, aboard the USS Quincy that was attacked by a fleet of Japanese ships in the Pacific Ocean.  "Your service saved our world as we know it and enjoy it today," said Joe Fitzgerald, president of Honor Flight.  "We owe you a debt that we can only repay by protecting the freedoms that you fought to preserve," he said as he addressed attending WWII veterans and an audience of about 200 people.

    D-Day Anniversary

    Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell (2nd from L), commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, presents a U.S. flag to a family member of Navy veteran Raymond V. Ashburn who was also presented a Purple Heart...

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