A former Charleston resident who grew up in France and annually recognizes American World War II veterans is holding his luncheon event again this year, June 5 in Virginia.

Bernard L. Marie is holding his 26th annual D-Day luncheon at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Salem, Va., to celebrate the 66th anniversary of D-Day. Pierre Vimont, ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S., will be in attendance.

Marie was 5 years old on June 6, 1944, living in Normandy with his mother and grandparents. He spent 14 hours during the invasion in the basement of his family house, 10 miles north of Omaha Beach.

World War II vets are guests of Marie and can attend the luncheon at no charge. Travel and lodging to the event, however, are not included. The luncheon has been held in the past in Indiana, North and South Carolina, and in Bedford and Roanoke, Va.

RSVP by May 25. For further information call (540) 345-2216 or (540) 529-2007.