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Local vets take part in D-Day ceremony

DUBLIN — Today marks the 64th anniversary of D-Day.
In remembrance of this historic event, about a dozen members of the United Auto Workers Local 2069 Veterans Committee participated in a ceremony this morning at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
The committee’s main contribution to the events involved bringing and sharing with those in attendance their two specially-decorated Mack and Volvo trucks, which feature custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military veterans, according to Mark Peterson, committee chairman.
These two trucks were also used two weekends ago at the 17th annual United Auto Workers (UAW) Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony held in Dublin.
Peterson said Thursday that he and his fellow committee members would arrive at the event early enough today to give tours of the trucks to interested guests in attendance at the ceremony.
Peterson noted that two local D-Day veterans would accompany them to today’s events, including Fred Hendrick and Wallace Woodyard.
In addition to displaying the two trucks, Peterson said that he and his fellow committee members had been specially invited to a donors’ luncheon. At this luncheon, Peterson said the committee would be giving a presentation on a fund-raising project they are working on.
Peterson said, last fall, the committee was approached by the D-Day Foundation and asked if they would be interested in sponsoring a “Rosie the Riveter” WWII American Work Force Plaque at the memorial site.
“The Foundation could have asked any corporation to simply write the check, but instead asked our little veterans committee because of our involvement with the memorial in the past,” Peterson said.
This 28-x-32 inch bronze plaque will be installed on the wall where the D-Day, Order of the Day plaque rests, as well as invading divisions and battalions plaques, and in front of the Eisenhower statue, Peterson said.
The Local 2069 Veterans Committee has proudly chosen “Rosie the Riveter,” as it is a worldly recognized icon representing the WWII labor movement, Peterson said, adding that “Rosie” will be featured on the plaque followed by a narrative of the WWII labor movement and dedicatory lines. The plaque will also bear in bronze the UAW Veterans seal.
The cost of this project will be $25,000, Peterson noted.
“The National D-Day Foundation and the UAW Veterans recognize the American Work force during WWII as a key element in victory,” Peterson said. “We were very proud to have been invited to take part in recognizing the efforts and contributions of all working Americans during WWII.”

Local vets take part in D-Day ceremony

DUBLIN — Today marks the 64th anniversary of D-Day.
In remembrance of this historic event, about a dozen members of the United Auto Workers Local 2069 Veterans Committee participated in a ceremony this morning at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
The committee’s main contribution to the events involved bringing and sharing with those in attendance their two specially-decorated Mack and Volvo trucks, which feature custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military veterans, according to Mark Peterson, committee chairman.
These two trucks were also used two weekends ago at the 17th annual United Auto Workers (UAW) Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony held in Dublin.
Peterson said Thursday that he and his fellow committee members would arrive at the event early enough today to give tours of the trucks to interested guests in attendance at the ceremony.
Peterson noted that two local D-Day veterans would accompany them to today’s events, including Fred Hendrick and Wallace Woodyard.
In addition to displaying the two trucks, Peterson said that he and his fellow committee members had been specially invited to a donors’ luncheon. At this luncheon, Peterson said the committee would be giving a presentation on a fund-raising project they are working on.
Peterson said, last fall, the committee was approached by the D-Day Foundation and asked if they would be interested in sponsoring a “Rosie the Riveter” WWII American Work Force Plaque at the memorial site.
“The Foundation could have asked any corporation to simply write the check, but instead asked our little veterans committee because of our involvement with the memorial in the past,” Peterson said.
This 28-x-32 inch bronze plaque will be installed on the wall where the D-Day, Order of the Day plaque rests, as well as invading divisions and battalions plaques, and in front of the Eisenhower statue, Peterson said.
The Local 2069 Veterans Committee has proudly chosen “Rosie the Riveter,” as it is a worldly recognized icon representing the WWII labor movement, Peterson said, adding that “Rosie” will be featured on the plaque followed by a narrative of the WWII labor movement and dedicatory lines. The plaque will also bear in bronze the UAW Veterans seal.
The cost of this project will be $25,000, Peterson noted.
“The National D-Day Foundation and the UAW Veterans recognize the American Work force during WWII as a key element in victory,” Peterson said. “We were very proud to have been invited to take part in recognizing the efforts and contributions of all working Americans during WWII.”