Junction City’s C.L. Hoover Opera House will be participating in a Medal of Honor D-Day recognition event for a recipient from Junction City.
The opera house’s newly renovated clock and bell tower will be utilized for the celebration. The bell tower will ring 13 times for 13 Medal of Honor recipients on Thursday, June 6, at 1 p.m. There will be no official gathering outside of the opera house, but staff anticipates that some will want to gather for the remembrance.
Thursday will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Throughout America, the 75th anniversary will be commemorated with military parades, firework displays, air drops, picnics, concerts and military camp reenactments — all emphasizing the spirit of hope that came from the heroes from the 12 allied nations that banded together to fight Nazism and reestablish freedom. The National Medal of Honor Museum will recognize the occasion by honoring 13 American men who earned the Medal of Honor for serving heroically that day.
A simultaneous bell ceremony for each of the 13 recipients will be held in each area they were born in. Recipient Walter D. Ehlers was born in Junction City, so the C.L. Hoover Opera House’s bell will ring in honor of him.