Rockets red glare: 80th Anniversary celebration

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 8, 2024) – An unveiling and dedication ceremony for a World War II Memorial at Atlantic City’s O’Donnell Memorial Park will be held on Thursday, June 6th, the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Approximately 1,000 people are expected to attend, including U.S. military veterans from several wars. The event is open to the public.

The Bernie Friedenberg World War II Memorial honors the distinguished service of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Bernard (Bernie) I. Friedenberg and all other Americans who served their country during World War II. The Friends of Bernie Friedenberg (FBF), a group of veterans advocates behind the movement to create the Memorial, has worked for five years to raise funds to cover the cost of the Memorial, which includes a bronze statue depicting Friedenberg in combat action as a WWII medic.

During these turbulent times of today's modern world and the cultural and political divide inside America, the spotlight will focus on Atlantic City and it's steadfast support of our fighting heroes down through the generations. It is so important to keep the glory of our superpower alive. Land of the free, home of the brave is hard fought for and it is time to wave our flags locally on June 6th.

There will be a military flyover by the New Jersey National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing. Guest speaker Major General John Hussy(U.S. Army, retired), will address the crowd along with remarks made by Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. and others. Click HERE for more info.

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