48-star U.S. flag

A 48-STAR U.S. Flag that was flown for the first time since the Allied victory in Europe during World War II almost 75 years ago was flown over Veterans Memorial Field in Norfolk on Wednesday evening. The flag belonged to Norfolk baseball coach Larry Juracek’s grandfather, who brought it back from Europe. Juracek can be seen here from the dugout.

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, the Norfolk American Legion baseball team showed appreciation Wednesday evening for the brave veterans who kept freedom alive.

Prior to the national anthem being played before the Norfolk Nucor Steel Seniors hosted the Columbus Cornerstone Insurance Seniors, the June 6, 1944, invasion of Normandy, France, was remembered.

In addition, a 48-star U.S. flag that was carried by Corp. Robert L. Pruden of Ewing throughout Europe in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army Division was flown.

The flag belonged to the grandfather of Norfolk baseball coach Larry Juracek, who said the flag was being flown for the first time since it flew in Europe.

The Norfolk American Legion Post 16 also presented colors on the field before the game.

Juracek said the flag was carried throughout the celebrations of V-E Day on May 8, 1945, when the Allied celebrated the victory in Europe. The flag includes champagne stains from those celebrations, he said.

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