Photo Credit: Sgt. Daniel Cole, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs
Ernie Lamson, a World War II veteran and former Soldier assigned to Alpha Company, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, still wears his original Airborne wings, now around his left wrist. Lamson earned his airborne wings in 1943, when he graduated Airborne School. Lamson attended a ceremony in Amfreville, France, June 4, 2014, commemorating Lt. Col. Charles Timmes,' commander of 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, during the invasion of Normandy, France, who landed in an orchard field and was held down by Nazi troops for three days, before being able to evade the enemy. The event was one of several commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day operations conducted by the Allies during World War II, June 6, 1944. Task Force Normandy, led by the 173rd Airborne Brigade, out of Vicenza, Italy, has organized 650 personnel from twenty U.S. units and six nations, at the invitation of the French government, to participate in the events happening across the region of Normandy.