Jacksonville veterans organization holding D-Day dinner to honor World War II heroes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today marks the 79th anniversary of the United State’s D-Day Operation in Normandy, and the City of Jacksonville is honoring several local World War II heroes.


The “We the Heroes” Foundation is inviting the community to a remembrance dinner at Salem Centre Auditorium in the Baymeadows neighborhood.

The community will be able to talk with two local World War II heroes. The guests of honor are World War II John Connelly and Captain Gregory Streeter.

Connelly served in the World War II Army Air Corps and was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Germany. Streeter spearheaded the first official D-Day monument in over six decades to the members of the U.S. Navy who took part in the Normandy D-Day invasion.

The remembrance ceremony will also include a showing of the “Navy Heroes of Normandy” documentary and exhibits of World War II memorabilia. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. and presentations start at 6:30 p.m.

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