The D-Day Squadron and Liberty Leap Workforce recreated a WWII-style bounce in Maryland earlier than flying to France for the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.
Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY
A Mt. Juliet resident with the U.S. Military Reserve is in France this week as a specific participant in 75th anniversary of D-Day actions that proceed by means of Sunday.
Employees Sgt. Jeffrey Holland, 49, is amongst roughly 1,000 U.S. troopers who have been picked by their instructions to be in France for about 55 occasions in almost 40 French communities round Normandy. Holland, a 1987 Mt. Juliet Excessive Faculty graduate, arrived in France on June 2.
U.S. Military Reserve Employees Sgt. Jeffrey Holland in France. (Picture: Courtesy of Jeffrey Holland)
Holland is an airborne paratrooper and his schedule will embrace a parachute bounce on Sunday as a part of a commemorative airborne operation.
About 950 troopers from different nations additionally take part.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be right here, however it’s also an excellent studying expertise and alternative to assist America solidify relationships with our NATO allies,” Holland mentioned.
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Sen. Mark Pody, R-Lebanon, despatched two Tennessee flags to Holland for the journey.
A spotlight occasion is the American Battle Monuments Fee ceremony on Thursday on the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
“Up till this occasion, (World Struggle II) was a historical past lesson to me — right here I’m wanting on the outcomes of a special battle,” Holland mentioned. “It has been over for over 70 years and these individuals nonetheless bear in mind it.
“These alliances and the belief of our allies is essential.”
Holland’s army profession began within the Marine Corps Reserve as an infantryman for 17 years that included deployments to Desert Storm and Iraq.
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He then labored as a safety contractor within the Center East for seven years earlier than enlisting within the Military Reserve as a Psychological Operations Specialist on the 325th Tactical Psychological Operations Firm in Nashville about 5 years in the past.
The U.S. Military Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) has slots allotted for the D-Day celebration, which are distributed to subordinate instructions, mentioned public affairs officer Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe.
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