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Wausau pastor to give invocation at D-Day ceremony

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Veterans from across the state will be honored at the D-Day commemoration in Madison Friday. The pastor giving the invocation is from central Wisconsin.

"These are really just some special people," said Ken Moberg, the executive pastor at Highland Community Church in Wausau.

Moberg says giving the 70th anniversary D-Day invocation is just a small way to recognize veterans. But at the ceremony, he'll have a special one on his mind.

"My dad fought in WWII,” said Moberg. “He wasn't at D-Day, he was in England at the time, and came over the channel later and fought his way through Europe."

His father, who has passed away, also fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Moberg, a veteran himself, was in the army during the Vietnam War.

"We've just been given tremendous privilege at the cost of human life," said Moberg.    
Moberg serves on the board for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, a program that flies veterans to the nation's capitol to see the monuments built in their honor.

Another board member recommended him for the honor at the capitol ceremony.

"I guess he had mentioned me to the organizers in Madison sometime ago,” said Moberg.

He says he's not nervous about giving the invocation, but he hopes people take a special message out of the ceremony.

"You think about over 400,000 WWII deaths in combat, and you know we have been given a tremendous gift because of them," said Moberg.

He hopes that people can thank our veterans, just like his father.

"My dad would have been 98 had he survived,” said Moberg. “So there's not many opportunities to say thank you anymore."

The ceremony begins at noon. Newsline 9 will be there Friday bringing you the latest from the ceremony.
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