Victoria WWII vets gather to remember D-Day

Here in Victoria the D-Day observation was held to honor the veterans who served in World War II.

Family and friends attended the event to show their support.

“Looking at these gentlemen is like looking at a piece of history and to me, it’s a very sobering, joyous, wonderful experience said,” Andy Rosalez Veteran of Foreign War.

There are six World War II veterans living at the Greatwood Homes in Victoria.

Linda Wright activity director of the Greatwood Homes put together the impromptu event, “To host a get together to invite as many veterans and World War II hero’s from the Victoria area,” said Linda Wright Greatwood Homes Director.

“I contacted Andy he’s the commander of Veterans Affairs of Victoria and we put this all together,” said Wright.

Andy Rosalez, the Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, recounted the history of D-DAY.

“What better way to commemorate D-Day this huge, huge moment in time in history than to come over here and celebrate and thank those who were there during World War II,” said Rosalez.

The bravery of World War II veterans helped some younger service members make it during their time serving our county.

“Because of gentlemen like that, like these men and some of the men and women that served during World War II, they’re the ones that paved the way for people like myself and some of the other younger veterans,” said Rosales.

The D-DAY observation brought several Veterans from the Crossroads community out to the event.

“We had a great turn out and very many, an array of Veterans from different wars were in attendants,” said Wright.

This was the first time Greatwood Homes of Victoria celebrated D-Day and it was bigger than the coordinators expected. There were approximately 60 people who attended the event.