Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, an important turning point in World War II.
The Ottumwa community is hosting several events Thursday through the weekend in commemoration of this event. The Ottumwa Library will be sponsoring retired Lt. Col. Conrad Wiser from Des Moines on Friday. The First Friday Breakfast at the Bridge View Center falls on the exact anniversary of D-Day.
So in honor of that, Lt. Col. Wiser will be giving a presentation called "Operation Neptune: D-Day Myths and Misunderstandings".
Event organizers said they wanted to be sure this important anniversary did not go unrecognized.
"The World War II veterans that are in our area, they're getting older and we want to make sure that we honor them as much as we can while they're still with us," said Sonja Ferrell, Director of the Ottumwa Public Library. "And D-Day was such a turning point in everything and so we wanted to make sure that since this was an anniversary year that we commemorated it appropriately."
Wiser's presentation is free to the public, but if you would also like to attend the patriotic breakfast before, that event is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. The breakfast is from 7-9 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m.
There are several other anniversary events going on all week. Thursday night, the Ottumwa Municipal Band will perform 1940's-era music at their concert.
Indian Hills will be showing a movie and will provide a display of photos from Normandy.
For a list of all the events taking place this week, click here.