June 6, 1944, Americans landed on the beaches of Normandy and joined the allies in World War II. Better known as D-Day, the first invading ship had an American Flag waving as they stormed the beach as all the ships do. That flag took some German machine-gun bullets as Old Glory continued waving ashore. Seventy-five years later, President Trump received the same American Flag at a White House ceremony on Thursday. The D-Day American flag made its rounds around the world and found itself back home where it belongs.

The Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte was to sit down with President Trump and have talks with him on his visit to America. He brought the flag with him to give to President Trump along with a message from the previous owner of the flag. Bert Kreuk who is an art collector and a retired Dutch businessman said three years ago he purchased the flag at an auction, and he wanted to donate the American flag back to the United States of America.

Kreuk was unable to attend the ceremony, but he called ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit and said in an interview, “I cannot keep it myself. It needs to go to the right institution. I need to give it back.” From the donation, President Trump will hand it over to the Smithsonian Institution. What a great piece of history to hold and see with one’s own eyes! The reverence President Trump had when receiving the flag was jaw-dropping. It showed how much our president loves this country he is leading.

The 48-star flag flew on the U.S. Navy’s LCC 60. It was one of the three ships to land on the Utah Beach escorting the U.S. Troops which were about to take over the Normandy coast in 1944. The LCC 60 was the only ship able to complete the mission on D-Day.

The Ship’s commander Howard Vander Beek kept the flag with him after the war and kept it in his basement. It is where the flag stayed until his death in 2014. The flag was later put up for auction where Kreuk purchased it.

Kreuk stated the flag meant liberation for him and his family from Nazi Germany. He was the only one of his family members to survive after the Germans bombed Rotterdam. He stated, “For me, it was evident that I wanted to have this and secure it for the future.”

It is so amazing how someone from another country can have such great reverence for the American Flag and others who live in this country desecrate it and even go so far as to burn it. It is sick, and it saddens the true American spirit within us deeply. The American flags have seen their share of battles. From the Revolutionary War to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She still flies proudly into any battle or mission America takes on. To have a flag still intact with bullet holes 75 years later leaves a person speechless as to the realization of what not only the flag went through but also our soldiers who carry her into battle.

While looking at the pictures, one can almost see the soldiers land on the beach 75 years ago. It brings a person who loves this country and loves this flag to tears of joy to see a President of the United States of America receive this honor to hold history in his hands. Just looking into his eyes anyone, including Democrats who put him down every day can see the love, honor, and respect this man has for this great nation. I could never be president, but I can only imagine how the president felt to be handed that flag.

How can anyone living in America put this country down and put down a president who is really trying to “Keep America Great?” The chants of the crowd in North Carolina says it all, “Send her back!” Send them all back where they came from if they do not love this country and all she stands for! There was nothing racist about what the President stated. It was the truth, and it is sad when he defends this nation and the people in it, and the ignorance takes over from the stupidity of Liberals. This is what we face in this world today, and it makes many angry who have the same dream as the President, “Keep America Great!”

82 thoughts on “D-Day American Flag Comes Home after 75 Years

  1. GREAT –Most of ALL Thanks to the ones that died fighting for All our countries against the Nazi’s ! May they be with our GOD!

  2. Great story and shows that not all foreigners disrespect our flag the way that some people here in America do.

  3. Well put and thank God it came back my father, uncle and cousins fought on d-day. My dad was on LST 681.
    Steven L.Kilts

  4. Welcome home “Old Glory”. Your back where you belong. Now if we could get this useless congress to pass legislation to protect the flag and disallow it’s desecration., then the circle will be complete.

  5. What an honor it is to have that flag in your hands. The country has to celebrate this great occasion.
    God has blessed our great country

  6. president trump is a great man. he is doing a big job cleaning washinton. may god bless him and his family.

  7. My father fought in this terrible war and was proud to do his duty. Today’s young liberals along with some politicians should be ashamed of themselves and the effect it has on all our young men and women who proudly serve their country.

  8. “I FEEL THE SAME WAY OUR GREAT PRESIDENT FEELS ‘BOUT OUR NATION, & I BELIEVE WHEN HE SAID SEND THEM BACK HE ALSO ADDED WHEN YOU STRAIGHTEN OUT WHERE YOU CAME FROM, THEN COME BACK & STRAIGHTEN US OUT”!!! “IT’S TRULY SAD TO THINK OF THE LIVES GIVEN THAT DAY TO PUT AN END TO AN EVIL GOVERNMENT & SEE WHERE WE HAVE LIBERAL SOCIALISTS WHO WANT TO TURN OUR NATION INTO WHAT OUR BRAVE MILITARY GAVE THEIR LIVES TO SAVE THE WORLD FROM”!!! Jim

  9. Yes, this is beautiful and I wish the “new comers” honored the flag – that is the “beacon” of all mankind who suffers the world over – the same as the gran’lady, Statue of Liberty…

    maybe we need to re-teach American – and European – history to the virulent “new comers” that pretend to represent their districts?

  10. BLESSED BE THE HOLY NAME OF HASHEM. HE WILLED THE FLAG TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO AMERICA. THE COUNTRY WHERE IT BELONGS.

  11. You nailed it i fought and seen my fair share of war and struggle with ptsd everyday but your article brought me to tears i would gladly die for my country its sad so many disrespect this country. Thank you for one of the fairest articles around

  12. I fully agree with the statement,may GOD BLESS THIS GREAT COUNTRY and our Troops that defend her. LET FREEDOM RING!!!!!

  13. Did not see this on the MSM news …just the same old 10 minutes of President Trump bashing at top of the news. Disgusting people. Thank you President Trump for holding our flag and our country in high esteem.

  14. I WAS 12 YEARS OLD ON THAT DAY IN 1944, MY COUSINS ORVILLE AND VERNON WERE THERE THAT DAY. FOR VERNON HE LANDED AT NORTH AFRICA, AT ANZIO, AND AT NORMANDY AND CAME HOME.AT THE END OF THE WAR. I CONSIDER THIS A GREAT HONOR FOR MR. TRUMP, AND THE DUTCH AMBASSADOR AND TO MR. KREUK I GIVE A SPECIAL THANK YOU,TO ALL INVOVED!!!!
    WALTER IVERSON
    ALBANY, OREGON

  15. President Trump is a god-send to our country. We need to back him with the same patriotic spirit that our miltary hit the beach at Normandy.

  16. The people who show no respect for our country’s flag should be made to live in a third-world country where even praying could cost them their lives….example: China. People who live in America, especially young people who were given everything on a silver platter, don’t realize how fortunate they are to live in America! They should NEVER take their freedoms for granted.

  17. I believe this is the greatest nation in the world. And President Trump is the greatest President ever. To bad the misinformed left can’t help themselves with their stupidity problem.

  18. As a Vietnam veteran, I know the feelings of loyalty and pride when I see the American flag flying anywhere. Jesus shed His blood for all. Our veterans shed their blood for liberty. When I think of the tens of thousands of veterans who have died fighting for America it is very disturbing to think about the number of people who now want to burn the flag. They don’t deserve to be in this country. Deport therm!

  19. Awesome story about the D-Day American Flag. Praise JESUS for ship commander Howard Vanderbilt Beck for protecting the flag and Praise JESUS for Bert Kruek who also protected the flag by buying it at an auction and was able to give it to a President that truly loves this country Praise JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH for our President Donald Trump. I am a Vietnam Vet as my father a WW2 Vet and my Grandfather a WW1 Vet

  20. A wonderful story and “homecoming”. This should have been front page news in any American newspaper, but that is impossible today, it seems.

  21. I would love to see a picture of that flag! My Dad and his brother both served in WWII and that was a day they both remembered well. Their legacy lives on in their only sons, and of course, two of their sons-in-law. We deeply love our country and are disgusted with those who don’t realize all the sacrifices that too many men and women made to win that war. It’s shameful, but I hope there are enough of us left, though growing old, to teach the younger generation. Thank you Mr. Kreuk!

  22. This is amazing! I want to thank you for this information and will keep a copy of it to pass on to my family. I fortunately lived in the WW!! era, as a child, and know the love for our country and the patriotism we all felt. I am thankful for our current President, who displays the kind of love and patriotism that I remember.

  23. I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER !!!!!!!!
    GOD BLESS, GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND
    GOD BLESS OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY..!!!!!!

  24. I was in WWII, I fought in the battle of the bulge, I was fortunate to miss being in the D DAY
    invasion, I love this country and I am sick and tired of all these newcomers to our great country, trash it, condemn it and want to change it any more that it has been changed to the end of the
    20th century.Change has to made in the context of the constitution and it’s amendments and not
    to the wishes of a new comer group who aim to establish a worldwide caliphate
    (I am not saying this, they are) to control everyone according to their laws.
    for the sake of my and a everyone,s future decendants … this must NOT happen

  25. GOD Bless you Mr. Kreuk. As a proud American I would also like to say “Thank you”. I look forward to seeing it hanging in the Smithsonian and I hope you come to visit us here in America if you have not done so before. I’m pretty sure President Trump would be more than happy to arrange a visit for you.

  26. It makes me sick and angry the way people put our country down and disgrace our flag. My father was in the US Navy in 1944 and served this country until he was killed in 1945 off the coast of Okinawa. I was only 4 years old at the time and he left my mother a widow with 5 small children. I agree with our President stating “If you don’t like the US then go back to where you came from”. Hooray for our President!!!

  27. This article makes me proud to be an American!!! My father is part of the greatest generation and was there serving our country. I agree with the President 100%, if you don’t like it here leave, especially those in the entertainment world and most of Congress. They would not get away with what they pull here over in Russia, China, Korea etc.
    Pelosi, Schummer, Whoopi Goldberg. Oprah, you want illegals flowing into our country, then you take care of them in your GATED/WALLED COMMUNITIES!!!! You all have plenty of money and large compounds. You should put all you money where your mouths are and pay their way.

  28. What a wonderful story! I’m so glad THIS president was the one to receive the flag, and not our previous president. President Trump truly deserves the honor of getting to hold the flag and finding the perfect resting place for it. He, like so many of us, truly loves our country and is really trying to make it great again. Thank you to Bert Kreuk and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands for making sure our flag made it’s way back home. “Thank you” doesn’t seem enough!!!

  29. Keep America Great!
    We have a President that Loves and Honors the United States of America. Let’s keep it that way! I’m proud to be an American!
    If the e democrats and liberals dont love the United States, they can take their mess to a deserted island.
    God Bless America! God Bless President Trump!

  30. This is a great story, and I am so relieved that a person who loves this country wrote the story. Also, I am so glad to hear that Pres. Trump received the flag and was one to fully remember what it is about. Keep these stories coming, and keep them honest.

  31. I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. How could any of the morons running for President say the things they do about him.

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