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"We were the lucky ones"-D-Day veteran

Friday, Jun 06, 2014 - 01:46

June 6 - Veteran of the D-Day landing recalls the terror of the invasion, as others see it as call for freedom as the 70th anniversary is marked in the U.S. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy is marked in Bedford, Virginia. The small town which lost 19 of its men that day-- the greatest loss by any town in the world relative to its population. Veteran Allen Orndorff served with the 101st Airborne. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VETERAN ALLEN ORNDORFF SAYING: "Everything - all hell broke loose and we dropped at night. Couldn't find anybody, was all by myself in a strange country. I couldn't speak the language, didn't know where I was at or what. And finally, we got together a few at a time until we formed a unit. That was about it - we were the lucky ones." In New York the Statue of Liberty is adorned with a sign that says "The French will never forget" Rose petals are dropped from a helicopter to mark the day. World War Two veterans are honored for their service and sacrifice. 88-year old Lawrence Janos served in the Navy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWRENCE JANOS, WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN, SAYING: "We got to have freedom in this world. And this is an example that you see today. And I think it could be created throughout the world if we stick to it." As of last September, more than a million U.S. World War Two veterans were still alive. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says 413 die each day.

"We were the lucky ones"-D-Day veteran

Friday, Jun 06, 2014 - 01:46

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