Darlene Hair of Brownwood hoped to see her son, Army Pvt. J.R. Hair, on television news broadcasts of commemoration of the D-Day invasion in Normandy.
“I knew he was going to be in it,” Hair said.
Watching a live broadcast on CNN the morning of June 6, Hair saw her 21-year-old son as he carried out his assignment of passing ordnance for a 21-gun salute.
“I thought, ‘That’s J.R.!’” Hair said. In her excitement, she yelled through the house, waking the rest of the household including her husband, James.
Hair, who works in the county tax assessor-collector’s office, said she felt “a very pleasant feeling of pride” at seeing her son on TV.
J.R. Hair, a 2005 graduate of Brownwood High School, entered the Army in November 2008. He is assigned to the 18th Military Police Brigade in Heidelberg, Germany.
The brigade was designated to plan, coordinate and conduct all U.S. support to the Normandy ceremonies commemorating the 65th anniversary of D-Day, according to an article posted on www.army.mil.
Darlene Hair said her son told her he arrived in Normandy after a 12-hour bus ride from Germany. He described the “emotionally humbling” experience of walking along Omaha Beach, she said.
The soldier visited bunkers at Point du Hoc, the site of the 2nd Ranger Battalion’s assault on a German stronghold.
J.R. Hair, accompanied by his wife, Danielle, began serving a three-year-tour in Germany in April, Darlene Hair said. They are expecting their first child soon.