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LET US NEVER FORGET.

"We're here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty. For 4 long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow. Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation. Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue. Here in Normandy the rescue began. Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history."

~ Ronald Reagan...

On May 5, 1862, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers. "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land," he proclaimed.

The USS Carpenter DD825 was laid down on July 30, 1945 at Consolidated Steel Corporation, Orange, Texas. and launched on September 28, 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Donald Carpenter, widow of the ship's namesake.  The ship had a long, storied history until it was decommissioned on February 20, 1981 and broken up for scrap in 1999. Gatherings Plus has been honored to work with the Carpenter group the past 12 years having reunions all over the country.  Each year Pat Carpenter, son of Donald Carpenter and...

The 9th Infantry Division was created as the 9th Division during World War I, but never deployed overseas. Later, the division was an important unit of the United States Army in World War II and the Vietnam War. It was also activated as a peacetime readiness unit from 1947 to 1962 at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Fort Carson, Colorado, and from 1972 to 1991 as an active-duty infantry division at Fort Lewis, Washington. Nicknamed the...

The USS Willard Keith DD-775 is currently the only completed ship of the United States Navy ever named for Willard Keith, a United Stats Marine Corps captain who died in combat during the campaign for Guadalcanal.  He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions.  The Willard Keith was laid down on March 5, 1944 at San Pedro, California by the Bethlehem Steel Company, launched on August 29, 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Willard W. Keith, mother of Capt. Keith and commissioned two days after Christmas of  ...

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