NORMANDY, France — Army Pvt. Jacob R. Prebble stands on hallowed ground, as he and hundreds of other American service members are here commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944, that changed the course of World War II and history. “Honoring our history, securing our future” is the reason the American service members are here today.
Prebble, a member of 2nd Battalion, 173rd Airborn Division from Vicenza, Italy, spent approximately one week in the Normandy region, participating in ceremonies and representing Americans who fought here 70 years ago.
“It’s a great honor taking part in this event,” said Prebble. “I’ve had the time of my life. It’s been amazing talking to D-Day vets and seeing Normandy.”
Soldiers such as Prebble remain indebted to the veterans whose service demonstrated the selfless actions of the “greatest generation.” This generation not only served to protect and defend our nation, but were part of a global force to defend peace and strengthen our ties with an emerging Alliance. The selfless actions by all allies on D-Day continue to resonate 70 years later as U.S. forces in Europe remain steadfast in our commitment to our European partners and NATO Allies.
Prebble is the son of Sarah Prebble of Winchester.
He is a 2013 graduate of Eastern Local High School, Winchester.