Commemorative Ceremony held Monday at Missouri Veterans' Home
The Exercise Tiger (ET) 70-year anniversary commemorative ceremony took place at the Missouri Veterans' Home Monday at 11 a.m. ET veterans Leonard Bruns and David Troyer were honored, along with all ET veterans, with the laying of a wreath.
The color guard was made up of members of the University of Missouri Reserve Officer's Training Corps Honor Guard.
Speakers included Debbie Brunns, daughter-in-law of an ET veteran and the facilitator of ceremonies; Audrain Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs; Lieutenant Colonel Scott Preston; Army Commander Mick Bastian of the ROTC Honor Guard and Reverend John Kerr.
The Missouri Military Academy (MMA) choir sang at the event, including a rendition of "God Bless America."
The MMA reenactment cadets escorted family members of ET vets to place roses at the wreath.
Members of the American Legion Laddonia Post 510 and Mexico VFW 3772 gave a 21-gun salute.
Exercise Tiger was a training mission for the Normandy Beach invasion, in which 946 men were killed in a surprise German E-boat attack on April 28, 1944. The top secret rehearsal event ended as one of the highest single losses ever suffered in combat by the United States army and Navy in World War II.