American Legion National Commander Jim Troiola honors combat leaders, including Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr.’s Statue of Liberation during observances of the World War II liberation of France. In Normandy, the national commander and top U.S. military leaders saluted the sacrifices necessary to rid the world of Nazi tyranny in the days leading up to the 79th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
National Commander Troiola listens to a presentation about the D-Day invasion from Normandy American Cemetery Superintendent Scott Dejardins.
National Commander Troiola places a wreath at the Lone Sailor monument at Utah Beach.
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, now the administrator of NASA, speaks with soldiers at the June 5 Statue of Liberation ceremony in Ste. Mere-Eglise.
National Commander Troiola greets one of more than 30 World War II veterans who gathered in Normandy for the 79th anniversary of D-Day.
National Commander Troiola addresses the crowd at the June 5 Statues of Liberation ceremony in Normandy.
A ball carrier for the 82nd Airborne Division rushes around the end in the Patton Foundation Remembrance Bowl flag football game at Chef du Pont during commemoration of the D-Day anniversary events in Normandy.
American Legion National Commander Jim Troiola gathers with members of the Amityville, NY, pipe and drum unit during commemorations to honor the 79th anniversary of D-Day.