Sen. Blumenthal to present Connecticut Wartime Service Medal to World War II veteran

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is meeting with a World War II veteran on Thursday to honor those who served in the war. 

Over 6,000 service members from Connecticut died during World War II. Senator Blumenthal, along with the State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner, will present Army Combat Medic Ben Cooper with the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.

Related: Oxford WWII veteran remembers D-Day, 75 years later

Thursday marks the 75th Anniversary of the biggest military operation in history – D-Day. Tens of thousands of Americans came by parachute and boat to invade the beaches of Normandy. It was the turning point of World War II. 

President Trump helped kick off observances in England on Wednesday by reading excerpts of prayer President Franklin Roosevelt read to the nation on June 6, 1944. 

Related: Trump joins world leaders to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day

Ahead of Thursday’s anniversary, a special ceremony was held at the naval submarine base in Groton. Dozens gathered alongside the U.S.S. Nautilus at the Submarine Force Library and Museum to pay tribute to the D-Day Anniversary and the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

Recently deceased local battle of midway veteran Dean Brown was also honored along with other fallen heroes as his daughter placed a wreath in the Thames River.

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