Friday, May 3, 2013

Owner of race horse to host veterans at Kentucky Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Exercise rider Javier Herrera has a little trouble restraining Normandy Invasion during an eventful morning gallop Thursday at Churchill Downs.
Well, I know who I will be rooting for in the Kentucky Derby this weekend.  Rick Porter, owner of the horse Normandy Invasion will be hosting four World War II veterans at the race.  Three of these veterans fought at D-Day June 6, 1944.  
The four are J.J. Witmeyer, 92; Alan Reeves, 91; Bill Wilch, 89; Ray Woods, age unknown.
Porter, 72, served two years in the Army. He said Reeves, of San Diego, had contacted Keith about somehow getting involved with the horse. Reeves served as a French translator during the war.
“[Keith] called me about it, and I said, ‘We’re pretty stupid, we should have thought of doing something to honor the vets that were part of D-day,’ ” Porter said.
Another great tidbit from this article is that NBC will interview the veterans and footage of those interviews is to air on the broadcast of the race.  
“There are a lot of young people that really don’t understand what happened on D-Day,” Porter said. “If NBC does a little story on them maybe it’ll spike some interest in them.”

Read the entire article here:
http://www.drf.com/news/kentucky-derby-porter-salutes-world-war-ii-veterans