Commemorating 70th D-Day

6.5.14:  Honoring those who died during D-Day


(AP) – Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and villages of Normandy this week.  world leaders and dignitaries will gather to honor the more than 150,000 D-Day veterans who risked their lives in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler.


The U.S. cemetery on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach is the emotional centerpiece for many visitors honoring the thousands killed on D-Day and the ensuing combat.


Hospice of Michigan will remember the D-Day event during an American flag pinning ceremony today.  The event will honor veterans living at the American House Senior Living Community in Grand Rapids.  More than 50 veterans will receive the flag pins and a certificate.  The event begins at 2 p.m. inside the Wealthy Theatre and runs until 5:20 p.m.   The ceremony is open to the public.