97-year old veteran Tom Rice wanted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day in a special way.
He was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne (also known as the “Screamin’ Eagles”) and one of the 18,000 soldiers who were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy. So he was thought it fitting to perform the same jump he made 75 years ago.
At 97 years old, Rice was not going to let age or ailments prevent him from performing the jump.
“I got a replacement left knee and the right knee is a little sore. But we’re going to ignore that. I do this because I like to and it’s an extended dimension of maybe my personality.”
Rice took the leap along with 200 other parachutists in honor of the airborne soldiers in the June 6, 1944 allied invasion. He jumped in tandem with a trainer as an attached American flag waved and the parachute itself was red, white, and blue as well.
Rice has also written a book entitled, Trial By Contact, a recollection of his memories of the Battle of Normandy.
Check out the video to witness Rice relive that historic leap.