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A True American Hero Comes Home: The Power of Community

“Dad has come home.”

With these words, Roy Knight III described the remarkable funeral service held last Saturday for his father, Roy Knight Jr.

Col. Knight’s homecoming made national headlines last week, and for good reason.

Roy A. Knight Jr. enlisted in the United States Air Force just days after his seventeenth birthday, following the example of his five older brothers, all of whom served in

World War II. He served in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea, then became a fighter pilot, serving in Germany and France.

He and his family returned to Texas in 1963. He completed his bachelor’s degree, then received orders for Southeast Asia. He reported in January 1967 and flew combat missions almost daily until he was shot down on May 19, 1967.

5 Facts about the Dunkirk Evacuation

Last week, film director Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk opened in theaters across the U.S. The film tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, a heroic effort to save Allied troops who were stranded on a beach in France and surrounded by the German army during World War II. It is truly a compelling real-life story.

Here are five facts about the “Miracle of Dunkirk,” the biggest evacuation in military history.

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7 Things to Know about D-Day on Its 73rd Anniversary

Today, June 6, marks the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and marked a turning point in the War. Today is a day to look back in history, to learn about what happened, and to honor those who fought and died to defend freedom.

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