D-Day – June 6, 1944 – marked the Allied invasion of France and the eventual liberation of Western Europe. In a mere three months, Allied forces advanced to the Rhine and prepared to invade Germany.
By The Associated Press
A "joint board" bringing together top leaders of the U.S. military was established in 1903 during President Theodore Roosevelt's administration. It gained members after World War I but remained largely advisory. The joint board was eclipsed during World War II by a "unified high command" that became known as the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The National Security Act of 1947 formally established its official role in military matters.
By Susanne M. Schafer
The Associated Press
Four months ago, only six World War II veterans had signed on to fly to Washington, D.C., in May for a special tour to see the memorials built in their honor. But ever since the publication in February of an Associated Press story that said the Honor Flight organization was seeking additional veterans to travel on May 13, they have been signing up from all around the state, Dukes said. Now, about 70 World War II veterans are scheduled to go on the trip, along with more than 117 Korean War veterans, guides and staff.