Warship at Patriots Point highlights the sacrifices of D-Day heroes

Warship at Patriots Point highlights the sacrifices of D-Day heroes

As heroes are honored across the country on the anniversary of D-Day, a special landmark here in the Lowcountry serves as the reminder of the day that changed the course of history.

Patriots Point is home to one of two existing D-Day warships.

The USS Laffey was on the beaches of Normandy June 6th, 1944. Now, it calls Charleston home.

The warship is named after Bartlett Laffey. He was a seaman who was awarded a medal of honor for his stand against the confederate forces in 1864. The landmark was known as the, "the ship that would not die."

Docked at Patriots Point now, it's rich with history.

Army Ranger Staff Sergeant Johnnie Hill was also on the beaches in France on June 6th, 1944. He stormed Omaha Beach at age 22.

"I can still see that border and that barbed wire thing that we jumped on, with water up to our waste and machine guns, fire, artillery fire, everything on that beach," said 92-year-old Ridgeville resident Hill. "When somebody else is firing at you and they're trying to kill you, you're all trying to survive."

From the historic stories of a man who lived the day to a warship that's survived against all odds, Charleston is full of things that serve as reminders of the sacrifices the heroes made 70 years ago.

Tonight, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

It starts at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point. It's free, but there is a $5 fee to park.

The event will feature two guest speakers, one who was onboard the USS Laffey the day of the attack and a WWII who was on Omaha beach.

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