Crestview Sister City participants commemorate World War II

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 05:49 PM.

Shells exploded and the crackle of gunfire mingled with stirring music as a vintage landing ship dropped its front loading gate and Allied troops stormed the beach.

The weekend's grand finale, the flyover of the "Sally B," the last operational B-17 in Europe, drew cheers from thousands of people gathered on the beach.

Crestview visitors’ presence, maintaining the memory of Americans' roles in liberating their island, drew the praise of U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller-R, Fla.

"The island of Noirmoutier ... maintains an inextricable link with our nation's military history," he said June 12 in the House. "I am privileged to recognize the friendship between the people of Northwest Florida and Noirmoutier."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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