USAA Memorial Day event focuses on 75th anniversary of D-Day

Theme for 2019 is 'United we remember the fallen'

1944: In an operation commonly known as D-Day, nearly 160,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France, launching the invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II. The Battle of Normandy, as the bigger Allied effort was known, continued for more than two months, concluding with the liberation of Paris on Aug. 25, 1944, and the German retreat across the Seine by Aug. 30, 1944. (National Archives and Records Administration)

SAN ANTONIO – USAA held its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday, and this year it will focus on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The event took place on the USAA campus in the 9800 block of Fredericksburg Road.

According to a press release, this year's theme is “United we remember the fallen” and the ceremony will have a special focus on the anniversary of the day when Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy, France.

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The event also featured country artist Jennifer Nickerson, who performed the national anthem as well as her original song, "America."

USAA employee, Air Force veteran and Gold Star father Darryl Walker will serve as the event's emcee, the press release said.

The keynote speaker will be Col. Cole Kingseed, Ph.D. Kingseed is an Army veteran, military historian and author of The New York Times best seller, "Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters."

Visitors experience The Poppy Memorial, a temporary memorial made by USAA consisting of more than 645,000 poppy flowers, with each flower honoring a fallen military servicemember since World War I, is seen at the National Mall on May 25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rodney Choice/AP Images for USAA)

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