Operation Tiger Ceremony Coming Up In Mexico

A ceremony honoring the 75th anniversary of World War II Operation Tiger will take place on the Mexico square on Sunday afternoon at 1:00.

The event will feature the National Anthem being performed by the Missouri Military Academy band, words honoring Sergeant Gerrit Peters of the U.S. Army killed in Operation Tiger on April 28, 1944.

A bell will toll for the 6 Audrain County men that lost their lives that day.

The sounds of a 21 gun salute will culminate with a flyover of a U.S. Navy TBM Avenger Bomber plane.

Operation Tiger was a massive dress rehearsal for the invasion of Normandy. It took place on Slapton Sands, a beach in southwest England.

A German patrol fleet was in the English Channel and launched an attack. Operation Tiger remained a government secret for nearly 40 years.

In total, 749 U.S. servicemen died, including 201 from Missouri.

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