WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shot by way of by German machine gun bullets and tattered by the wind, an American flag that flew on the primary U.S. invading ship on D-Day is being returned house on Thursday in a White Home ceremony.
The flag handover shall be a principal a part of the go to to the White Home by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands, who’s to have talks with President Donald Trump.
The flag has been owned by retired Dutch businessman and artwork collector Bert Kreuk, who mentioned he purchased it at public sale three years in the past with the intention of donating it to the US.
“I can’t preserve it myself. It must go to the suitable establishment. I would like to offer it again,” Kreuk mentioned in a phone interview forward of the ceremony, at which he’s to talk.
The plan is for the flag to go to the Smithsonian Establishment.
The 48-star flag was on the U.S. Navy’s LCC 60, which was one in all three advance ships directing troops onto Utah Seaside on the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944.
The LCC 60 was the one of the three to finish its mission within the chaos of D-Day.
The ship was commanded by the U.S. Navy’s Howard Vander Beek, who introduced the flag house and saved it in his basement till he died in 2014.
To Kreuk, 54, the flag represented the liberation effort that saved his household from Nazi rule throughout World Conflict Two. He mentioned he misplaced relations throughout a German bombing raid on Rotterdam.
“For me it was proof that I needed to have this and safe it for the longer term,” he mentioned.
Trump attended ceremonies in Normandy on June 6 marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Reporting By Steve Holland; Modifying by Dan Grebler