Immediately following the Field Club Parade, the men of the 507th headed off for a unit photo shoot at the Heartland Airborne Memorial located in Heartland of America Park. Sculptor Matthew Placzec was commissioned by the Heartland Airborne Association to create the impressive 8 ft. tall bronze sculpture that serves to honor all Airborne, Glider, and Air Assault troopers throughout our nation's history. The memorial was dedicated on August 11, 2007. It's very inspiring to stand before the figure of a determined paratrooper ready to make his jump into destiny. All of the photos were taken by Jon's father, Victor, and are absolutely stunning. What a fitting tribute to our Airborne forces and to our nation's independence!
On Monday, July 4, 2016, our boys of the 507th PIR recreated a little piece of history as we marched through the streets of Omaha's Historic Field Club Neighborhood. 73 years ago on May 23, 1943, sixteen 507th troopers and their mascot dog, Geronimo, jumped for 25,000 spectators in Omaha. The jump was done in conjunction with the Field Club Neighborhood Dog Show. For this occasion we chose to represent the men of the 507th as they would have looked in the towns and fields of Normandy following their D-Day jump. We wore our M42 jump suits with full field gear and even blackened our faces. We did two loops around the crowded parade route directly behind the 1820's reenactors from Fort Atkinson State Historical Park. We took some really great photos in front of the Westminster Presbyterian Church which we all thought resembled an old church somewhere in Normandy. We were happy that all six of us were able to be a part of this special event and hopefully we can do it again next year!
Read all about the great events that the World War 2 Guys take part in throughout the year.