Old Hickory vets celebrate 75th anniversary of liberation

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Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell

George Hamm, a WWII veteran who served with the 30th Infantry Division, holds a flag out a window during a parade through Maastricht in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands Sept. 14, 2019, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation by 30th Infantry Division Soldiers in September 1944. North Carolina National Guard Soldiers escorted the veterans, with whom they share a unit lineage, riding in classic cars and World War II era military vehicles through the streets lined with thousands of people.
 

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell

World War II Veterans who served in the 30th Infantry Division, and North Carolina National Guard Soldiers visit the graves of 30th Inf. Div. Soldiers buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, the Netherlands on Sept. 12, 2019. Four WWII Veterans who served in the 30th Infantry Division, traveled to the Netherlands with North Carolina National Guard Soldiers to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Limburg Province in the Netherlands. The NCNG’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team traces its lineage to the 30th Inf. Div. and still wears the same unit patch.
 
Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell

World War II Veterans who served with the 30th Infantry Division were honored with a ceremony and parade through the City of Maastricht in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands that ended in a festival on Sept. 14, 2019, in celebration of 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Limburg Provence by 30th Inf. Div. Soldiers in September of 1944. North Carolina National Guard Soldiers escorted the 30th Inf. Div. veterans, with whom they share a unit lineage, riding in classic cars and WWII era military vehicles through the streets lined with thousands of people.
 
Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell

World War II Veterans who served with the 30th Infantry Division, visit the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium on Sept. 15, 2019, where more than 300 Old Hickory Soldiers who died during WWII are buried. A group of North Carolina National Guard Soldiers traveled with the veterans and their families to the Netherlands to participate in several celebrations commemorating the 75th Liberation of Belgium and the Netherlands by 30th Inf. Div. “Old Hickory” Soldiers in September of 1944, visited the graves of several 30th Soldiers where flowers were laid and a sand ceremony was performed where sand from Omaha Beach, France is rubbed into the headstone to make the name more prominent when friends and families visit a gravesite.