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D-Day: The 75th Anniversary

June 6, 1944, one of the most pivotal days of World War II, Allied forces launched the greatest combination of sea, land and air power in history. It was D-Day on the coast of Normandy, and five thousand died on the beaches, most within the first few hours. Among those in the first wave to land on that infamous beach was SGT Ray Lambert. As a medic in the 1st Infantry Division, SGT Lambert participated in some of the fiercest battles of World War II, from North Africa to Sicily, and he had already been awarded two Silver Stars for bravery and three Purple Hearts.

SGT Ray Lambert’s story of bravery was shared on the 2019 National Memorial Day Concert, along with a tribute to heroes who sacrificed and died in service to our nation and the world.

A Tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen

Prior to 1947, the Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces, the precursors to the United States Air Force, played a crucial role in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II. Among them, were a group of nearly 1,000 black pilots who came from across the country to train at Alabama’s Tuskegee University between 1941 and 1946. The Tuskegee Airmen, an African American band of aviators would become known as one of the most heroic groups demonstrating an unwavering strength of human spirit against overwhelming personal odds.

The 2017 National Memorial Day Concert celebrated the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force and commemorated its proud history and heritage, by paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and remembering the service and sacrifice of all American aviators who have served our country, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veterans Disabled for Life

Romulo “Romy” Camargo served in the 75th Ranger Regiment and 7th Special Forces Group. In 2008, during his third deployment, leading a humanitarian mission to Afghanistan, he took a direct and life altering hit to the vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down.

For 18 months in a polytrauma hospital, with his wife, Gaby, by his side, Romy faced the hardest battle he’d ever fought. Over time, he learned to live in his new body and, together, Romy and Gaby built a new life. He and Gaby now help others with spinal cord injuries through a Tampa rehabilitation center they formed together.

Romy and Gaby’s story was shared on the 2015 National Memorial Day Concert, along with a tribute to wounded warriors who sacrificed in service to our nation and the world.

For more real-life stories spanning the broad history of our nation’s military conflicts, please visit our Past Stories page.