DANA, Ind. — The 70th Anniversary of D-Day will be observed Friday with a special commemoration at the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum. The museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Friday, with the D-Day observance scheduled for between noon and 4 p.m. EDT. Reading of Pyle¹s columns, a flag ceremony and singing of the National Anthem will take place during the afternoon. Refreshments will be available.
Vermillion County native Ernie Pyle was working as a war correspondent for the Scripps Howard News Service when Allied Forces invaded France at the beaches of Normandy. Pyle entered France the day after the June 6, 1944. The museum contains a special D-Day tribute with an audio excerpt of a Pyle D-Day column recited by Hollywood actor William Windom.
The museum, which consists of Pyle¹s birth home and adjacent museum housing multimedia presentations and artifacts, is open from May through Veterans Day in November. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. EDT Sundays. For information, visit www.erniepyle.org.