The Madison County Museum and Historical Society celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday and hosted local World War II Veterans Burke Landry and Nolan Emert.
“My generation was called the ‘greatest generation’ by Tom Brokaw, but I am going to disagree with that,” said Landry, who served with the United States Navy in the final months of war in the Pacific. “Every generation is the greatest generation. Americans have always stepped up to whatever was needed and we have done whatever has needed to be done.”
Landry also proclaimed that Veterans should be honoring those on the Homefront during times of conflict and the work they did to raise the next generation of Americans while the world was at war.
Emert, who is hard of hearing, also briefly spoke to the crowd about his service. He also served in the Pacific and stated that he operated a 20 mm machine gun for three years on a troop transport ship.
“We were just moving troops up and down the islands,” said Emert, who was 17 when he joined the war effort. “We would take them here, when they’d take an island we would take them up to another island.”
Locals had two hours to stop by the museum and thank the Veterans who were in attendance for their service and they were also treated to punch and cookies.
A special display was set up in the back of the museum that included pictures of both Landry and Emert from their service days as well as other items relating to the occasion.
The D-Day Invasion was the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world and took place on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.