June 4 - In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, veterans in France and the U.S. are honored for their brave service. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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World War II buffs are re-living the assault on the beaches of Normandy -- quite literally.
As they bring the battle back to present day, veterans who were part of the Allied troops in 1944 are honored for the past.
They're given a small token of gratitude for their sacrifice 70 years ago.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH VETERAN HENRI JAMES NEWMAN SAYING :
"I like to come here, it is nearly my home. Yes, it is nearly my home anyway. I come to this people, they look after me like a king. I could not get better, I could not get better."
It's a stark contrast to the mood of 1944.
That year on June 7th, Herbert Beddows and his comrades were sent to attack the German Merville Gun Battery.
It ended in a bloodbath and half the commandos lost their lives.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH COMMANDO WHO LANDED ON D-DAY, HERBERT BEDDOWS, SAYING:
"We still think of our comrades we lost here and different places nearby and we just enjoy it. And there's tears in my eyes. You can't see them, but they are still there for my friends. Because I lost a lot."
New commandos were presented with the prestigious 'green beret' at Sword Beach.
...Some easier to put on than others.
Washington saluted their brave veterans proudly, with 88 of them gathered at the World War II Memorial.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN GLENN WARD, JR. SAYING:
"Just the recognition of heartfelt gratitude, from seeing all these young people and elderly ones and otherwise standing along the side and clapping; I felt like I was walking the red carpet."
With hands on their hearts, these men were brought back to a time very different from this elegant ceremony.
With the battle scenes engraved on the monument, and forever in their minds.
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