Vets to share memories at D-Day event


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is ramping up to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The downtown Columbus museum is hosting a special “veterans voices” event Thursday that will feature a firsthand account by retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Don Jakeway. His story is also featured at the museum.

Jakeway was dropped behind enemy lines just before the Normandy invasion of June 6, 1944, while serving as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He’ll be joined in the discussion by fellow World War II veterans Jack Welsh and Carl Strout.

The event will be led by retired U.S. Army Col. Peter Monsoor and General Raymond Mason Jr., chair of military history at Ohio State University.

The museum opened in October. It’s free for veterans and active-duty military personnel.