Today marks the 68th anniversary of D-Day, which was instrumental in ending World War II in Europe.
Commemorations of the day were held across the free world—as much of that freedom wouldn’t be had if not for the 160-thousand troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6th, 1944.
The war was of course not won based solely on that one operation, though it is almost unanimously looked to as the breaking point in Europe that gave the allied forces the permanent upper-hand.
Local World War II veteran Wesley “Tag” Mabry spoke at last week’s Memorial Day commemoration at Riverside Cemetery and said serving his country was the greatest honor he’s ever received.
It took the soldiers who fought in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world to retain and reacquire freedom for so many millions in the world and Mabry said many of those soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice for ultimate victory.
An estimated 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or injured on D-Day, but 100,000 began their march across Europe to defeat Hitler. In all, over 60 million lives were lost across the globe in World War II—nearly 2.5 percent of the entire world’s population. It was and remains the world’s deadliest war.
The ever-growing economic relationship between Kentucky and Japan was highlighted earlier this week when T-Rad announced an expansion of their plant on Frank Yost Lane, but the relationship with another Asian island country is growing nearly as fast.
Governor Steve Beshear traveled to Taiwan earlier this spring to meet with government and industry officials about their growing trade with the commonwealth.
State Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville, who also represents a portion of Christian County, says he has a special interest in seeing the relationship between Kentucky and Taiwan develop and says that country is importing more tobacco while the United States is using less.
Representative Yonts says the impact of international trade can be felt on a very local level, including a small business he knows of in Greenville which is now exporting products across the Pacific Ocean to Taiwan.
The governor and other state officials hope the relationship can continue to grow, much in the same way the one with Japan has over the last few decades.
Traffic is reduced to one lane on a portion of I-24 in Trigg County while crews work to make repairs.
A news release from the Highway Department says I-24 eastbound near the 66-mile-marker will be down to one lane through Thursday after a concrete slab “settled” recently, causing a traffic hazard.
A crew plans to remove the old slab and pour new concrete. The lane restriction will remain in place through Thursday afternoon or evening and motorists are advised to use caution and slow down in the construction zone.
The Hopkinsville Police Department is investigating a major theft from a Fort Campbell Boulevard gas station.
The report says Terrance Flachbart of Bowling Green was performing inventory duties yesterday morning around 8am when he found the store was short by just over 16-hundred dollars.
Police believe the money was taken sometime between May 10th and Monday of this week. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.