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City honors D-Day veteran 73 years after he parachuted into France

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Hendersonville City Judge Curtis Lincoln honored World War II veteran Ed Lane (right) before the start of city court on Tuesday, the 73rd anniversary of D-Day. TENA LEE

A Hendersonville World War II veteran who parachuted into France at the age of 18 was recognized by the city for his heroic actions on the 73rd anniversary of D-Day.

Before court proceedings on Tuesday, Hendersonville municipal Judge Curtis Lincoln read a proclamation from Mayor Jamie Clary thanking Ed Lane, 92, for the contributions and sacrifices Lane has made to his country, and declaring June 6, 2017 as Ed Lane Day in Hendersonville.

Lane received a standing ovation from court attendees - most of whom were waiting to address the judge for various city offenses like traffic violations.

A native of Nashville, Lane enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 17. At the age of 18, He parachuted into France on D-Day, fighting in the 507th Black Cat Company of the Spider Division of the 82nd Airborne.

The Battle of Normandy, also known as D-Day, has been called the largest seaborne invasion in history and began the liberation of northwestern Europe from the control of Nazi Germany.

Lane was also part of a crew that transported 81 mm mortars, and lost all of the hearing in his right ear due to an exploding shell. Wounded twice, Lane spent 10 days in combat in France and received two purple hearts for his service.

The veteran moved to Hendersonville in 1964 and worked for the Sears, Roebuck and Company for 30 years. He was also an active member of Hendersonville's Evening Sertoma Club for more than two decades.

An avid fisherman, Lane still recalls what if felt like to jump out of an airplane into enemy territory.

"I was scared to death," he recalled. "Until that chute pops open, you don't know what's going to happen."

After losing his wife of 61 years, Lane now lives in a senior living facility and keeps busy fishing and socializing.

"I'm a very fortunate, blessed old man," he says.

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