In today's video of the day we remember the unwavering bravery of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago today. If you do one thing today, spend some time and re-visit this opening scene from "Saving Private Ryan". Many veterans of this incredible day pointing out the 1998 film was all too real for them. WWII veteran Roy Gass in a 1998 interviewtold KPIX-TV's Sean Comey after seeing the film, "Last night was really bad. I must have gotten up at least a dozen times." There's no way any of us will ever fully comprehend the unselfish sacrifices made by these men 75 years ago today.
As a 21-year-old infantryman, Charles Durning, one America's premier character actors, was among the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach during World War II. In this exclusive video clip introduced by Tom Hanks, Durning talks about his war experiences for which he was awarded three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.
Playlist for Thursday, June 6, 2019 (feat. D-Day Remembrance)
- Another Day In Paradise - Phil Collins
- Wrapped Around Your Finger - Sting
- No More Tears - Ozzy Osbourne
- In The Mood - Glenn Miller Orchestra
- Elmer's Tune - Glenn Miller Orchestra
- Kiss The Boys Good Bye - Tommy Dorsey
- Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
- Snow - Informer
- Der Kommisar - After The Fire
- Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
- Semi Charmed Kind Of Life - Third Eye Blind
Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, United States (US) forces led the Allied Nations in the largest amphibious invasion in history—Operation Overlord, known as D-Day. Over 73,000 U.S. soldiers and marines set in motion, the final phase of World War II (WWII), risking their lives to preserve and protect the freedoms we enjoy today in America. Tonight, Honor Flight Bluegrass will honor these American heroes who served in WWII with a celebration at Louisville Memorial Auditorium, a historic site that was built to commemorate those who fought in WWII in “Operation Bravo Zulu”. Tony talks with organizer Jeff Thoke, Honor Flight Bluegrass Board Chairman.
Follow the sequence of D-Day events as they happened by clicking here (scroll from the bottom up):