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D-Day 75th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony
League Park
East 66th and Lexington, Cleveland Ohio
June 6, 2019

On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, under the umbrella of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation - the U.S. Navy, Cleveland Indians and the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park saluted and thanked those who served during WWII. This D-Day Remembrance Ceremony honored about 130 of the greatest generation who served in World War II.

World War II Veterans at League Park

World War II Veterans at League Park


League Park in Cleveland sign

League Park historical marker

League Park historical marker


The ceremony began with the posting of the colors by a Marine color guard.

Marine color guard at League Park

Then, Emory Crowder - WWII Navy Corpsman, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient. Veteran of Guam, Saipan, and Okinawa, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Major Scott D. Allen, U.S. Air Force, led the national anthem.

Emory Crowder leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Emory Crowder leads the Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem at D-Day rememberance

National Anthem at D-Day remembrance

Major Scott D. Allen leads the national anthem

Major Scott D. Allen leads the national anthem


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Next, Ohio 16th District representative Anthony Gonzalez gave the invocation. He read the prayer that President Roosevelt read to the nation on the night of June 6, 1944.

Anthony Gonzalez

Rep. Anthony Gonzalez




Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President-Public Affairs, Cleveland Indians Baseball, introduced the people on stage as well as Indians owner Paul Dolan and Bob Feller's wife Anne. He told of the history of League Park, the original home of the Cleveland Indians, and the US military including a fight by Johnny Kilbane in 1918 to raise funds and the celebration that stopped a baseball game on VJ Day. He reminded the crowd that Bob Feller was the first professional athlete to enlist after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President-Public Affairs, Cleveland Indians Baseball

Bob DiBiasio



Next, Mrs. Robyn Modly, Ship Sponsor of the USS Cleveland (LCS-31), told about the history of the ship and future plans. The USS Cleveland (LCS-31) Legacy Foundation has been established with the purpose to send the USS Cleveland (LCS-31) to the Fleet with the greatest start possible, to support the ship and crew throughout her service life, and to welcome her home to Cleveland at the completion of her Naval service.

Mrs. Robyn Modly

Mrs. Robyn Modly




Bob Allen, 1 of 2 survivors of the USS Cleveland, which earned 13 battle stars in WWII, was recognized.

Bob Allen, 1 of 2 survivors of the USS Cleveland which earned 13 battle stars in WWII

Bob Allen


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is a US Army veteran and he thanked the veterans for their service and welcomed them to League Park and to Cleveland.

Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson




Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly gave the keynote address and his remarks included the story of his emotional visit to Normandy.

Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly

Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly




The ceremony concluded with a 21 gun salute, the playing of Taps and the singing of God Bless America led by Major Scott D. Allen, U.S. Air Force.

21 gun salute

21 gun salute

Playing Taps at league Park

Taps

Singing God Bless America

Singing God Bless America



After the ceremony, Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly answered some questions about the sacrifice of the veterans and those currently serving. He told of a young enlistee at age 17 who saw the war from start to finish.

Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly

Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly




Bob DiBiasio, Sr. Vice President-Public Affairs, Cleveland Indians Baseball, told about the 37 Baseball Hall of Famers who served in World War II and the story of Bob Feller who was the first to enlist.

37 Baseball Hall of Famers served in World War II

37 Baseball Hall of Famers served in World War II




Enjoy these other images from the Remembrance event.

Veterans at League Park

World War II Veterans at League Park


World War II Veterans entering League Park

World War II Veterans entering League Park


World War II Veterans signing the banner

World War II Veterans signing the banner


World War II Veterans signing the banner


World War II Veterans signing the banner


US Veterans banner

US Veterans banner with signatures


Master of Ceremonies for the event

Master of Ceremonies for the event


World War II veteran telling his story

World War II veteran telling his story


World War II veteran telling his story

World War II veteran telling his story


World War II veteran telling his story

World War II veteran telling his story


Posing with Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly

Posing with Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly


Posing with Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly

Posing with Under Secretary of the U.S. Navy Thomas B. Modly


Thank you to this World War II veteran and all the others

Thank you to this World War II veteran and all the other





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