D-Day veteran recognized by US Rep. Fred Upton

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A World War II veteran and a local band will visit Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

On Friday, the Lakeshore High School band played the music they will perform in Normandy in June.

Lakeshore will be the largest band traveling to Normandy, with one and a half tons of equipment, to perform during the D-Day anniversary ceremonies.

US Representative Fred Upton, Michigan State Senator John Proos and Michigan State Rep. Al Pscholka were also on hand on Friday.

Upton presented a US Capitol-flown flag to the band, and recognized the service of World War II veteran Larry Michal.

Michal, 95, participated in Operation Overlord, and jumped out of his plane first during the airborne assault.

In June, Michal will travel with his son to Normandy for the first time since 1944.

He was presented with a $3,200 check from Whirlpool Corporation's Veterans Association to pay for his trip.

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