Belmont Village Senior Living Turtle Creek Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day & Battle of Normandy
On June 6, 1944, 73,000 Americans landed on the beaches of Normandy to carry out an invasion that was to become a pivotal point of WWII. As we approach the 75th anniversary of D-Day, we are mindful at Belmont Village to take the time to recognize our residents who served on that fateful day and throughout the war, in every theater of operation.
As their ranks continue to dwindle with the passing years, so does the opportunity to hear their stories firsthand, losing a personal perspective on a piece of history that has in many ways changed the world. At Belmont Village Turtle Creek, there are three WWII veterans residing in our community. Each with a unique service story and recollection of where they were during the D-day invasion.
Billy Williams was born in 1920 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a Staff Sargeant from 1943 to 1945. “While I was proud to serve my country, I was always homesick and waiting for my next mission,” said Mr. Williams.
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Since 2008, Belmont Village has worked to preserve the stories of veterans who reside in our communities through the American Heroes: Portraits of Service project, in collaboration with nationally-recognized photographer, Thomas Sanders. Through this project, we’ve photographed and collected the stories of more than 900 veterans, which are now featured in permanent galleries throughout the 29 Belmont Village communities nationwide. In 2010, a collection of Sanders’ work, The Last Good War: The Faces and Voices of WWII, was published by Random House.