Return To D-Day – 2014

North Texan Charlie Alford, Silver Star recipient, in full dress for the D-Day ceremony (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day North Texan Charlie Alford, Silver Star recipient, in full dress for the D-Day ceremony (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Clouds of smoke rise, during 21 gun salute at Normandy American cemetery today (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day Clouds of smoke rise, during 21 gun salute at Normandy American cemetery today (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
The sea of people and media, awaiting the President's arrival at Normandy ceremony (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day The sea of people and media, awaiting the President's arrival at Normandy ceremony (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Army Sgt. Mjr Robert Blatnik shares moment with his daughter on Utah. She is currently serving in the US Army (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day Army Sgt. Mjr Robert Blatnik shares moment with his daughter on Utah. She is currently serving in the US Army (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
WOW moment! Highland Parks Major Brooks, meets the Frenchman, who was ten yrs old when they last met 70 years ago (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day WOW moment! Highland Parks Major Brooks, meets the Frenchman, who was ten yrs old when they last met 70 years ago (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
North Texas D-Day vet Joe Dixon came ashore here on Utah. Somber reflection (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Return To D-Day North Texas D-Day vet Joe Dixon came ashore here on Utah. Somber reflection (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News).
Carrollton man Robert Jagers came ashore Utah beach. Shares this return to D-Day with his grandson. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day Carrollton man Robert Jagers came ashore Utah beach. Shares this return to D-Day with his grandson. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Navy man Robert Jagers points to the memorial in honor of his fellow LST men who were lost in battle. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day Navy man Robert Jagers points to the memorial in honor of his fellow LST men who were lost in battle. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Robert Jagers shows grandson Jeremy where he came ashore on Utah Beach. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day Robert Jagers shows grandson Jeremy where he came ashore on Utah Beach. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Our D-Day 70 Band of Brothers take center stage at the American cemetery in Normandy. Check my FB page for their song (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Our D-Day 70 Band of Brothers take center stage at the American cemetery in Normandy. Check my FB page for their song (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Staff Sgt Joe Dixon of Grandbury. US Army 8th Corp. Came ashore at Utah. Humbled by the amount of loss (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Staff Sgt Joe Dixon of Grandbury. US Army 8th Corp. Came ashore at Utah. Humbled by the amount of loss (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
This moment is what this week is about. Fathers, sharing the stories with sons and daughters (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day This moment is what this week is about. Fathers, sharing the stories with sons and daughters (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
This is how the French, decorate their homes during this hallowed week (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day This is how the French, decorate their homes during this hallowed week (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Unbelievable moment! Current Sgt Mjr of the US Army 1st Div meets Dallas Vet Robert Blatnik. Sgt Mjr with the 1st Division in 1944 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Unbelievable moment! Current Sgt Mjr of the US Army 1st Div meets Dallas Vet Robert Blatnik. Sgt Mjr with the 1st Division in 1944 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Dallas resident Printis Sibley, Omaha beach. A salute, but no words. Too emotional (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Dallas resident Printis Sibley, Omaha beach. A salute, but no words. Too emotional (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Incredible moment unfolding on Omaha beach. Dallas D-Day 70 vet Charlie Alford shares this moment holding sons hand (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Incredible moment unfolding on Omaha beach. Dallas D-Day 70 vet Charlie Alford shares this moment holding sons hand (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
37th Engineer Battalion George Spears, reflecting on his arrival on Omaha, 45 mins after H hour (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day 37th Engineer Battalion George Spears, reflecting on his arrival on Omaha, 45 mins after H hour (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
D-Day North Texas Vet Charlie Alford, in his first moments on Omaha beach (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day D-Day North Texas Vet Charlie Alford, in his first moments on Omaha beach (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
US Army D-Day Grandbury vet, being thanked at Omaha beach (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day US Army D-Day Grandbury vet, being thanked at Omaha beach (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The beauty of the American cemetery system, run by the American Battle Monuments commission cannot be overstated (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The beauty of the American cemetery system, run by the American Battle Monuments commission cannot be overstated (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
This is the view President Barack Obama and other world leaders will have, when commemorating D Day Friday (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day This is the view President Barack Obama and other world leaders will have, when commemorating D Day Friday (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
CBS News American Cemetery bureau, Normandy (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day CBS News American Cemetery bureau, Normandy (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The view from the CBSDFW Normandy bureau in Caen, France (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The view from the CBSDFW Normandy bureau in Caen, France (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Normandy selfie w CBSDFW photojournalist Billy Sexton (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Normandy selfie w CBSDFW photojournalist Billy Sexton (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Local bakeries in Caen giving away Normandy cookies honoring D-Day 70 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Local bakeries in Caen giving away Normandy cookies honoring D-Day 70 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
American cemetery Omaha beach. Dozens gather on the beach. Emotions running deep (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day American cemetery Omaha beach. Dozens gather on the beach. Emotions running deep (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
American cemetery being kept to perfection (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day American cemetery being kept to perfection (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Press from around the globe descending on Normandy (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Press from around the globe descending on Normandy (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Families remember. The world remembers. Normandy American cemetery (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Families remember. The world remembers. Normandy American cemetery (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Preparing the script for the introduction to our Return to D Day special documentary. Airs July 5th (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Preparing the script for the introduction to our Return to D Day special documentary. Airs July 5th (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
American Cemetery in Normandy -- 9,387 American D-Day heroes buried here. Stunning. Sobering. Moving. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day American Cemetery in Normandy -- 9,387 American D-Day heroes buried here. Stunning. Sobering. Moving. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
French school children place flowers at the graves of their fallen American liberators. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day French school children place flowers at the graves of their fallen American liberators. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Reenactors everywhere along Omaha beach and American Cemetery, Normandy. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day Reenactors everywhere along Omaha beach and American Cemetery, Normandy. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Stage preparations well underway at American Cemetery, Normandy. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Return To D-Day Stage preparations well underway at American Cemetery, Normandy. (credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11 News)
Incredible moment. French students mob Rowlett resident Ormand Knowles when learning he is #dday70 vet! Rock star (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11)!
Return To D-Day Incredible moment. French students mob Rowlett resident Ormand Knowles when learning he is #dday70 vet! Rock star (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11)!
The very room, and the very desk where the Germans surrendered in 1945, in Rheims, France  (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The very room, and the very desk where the Germans surrendered in 1945, in Rheims, France (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Final night in the CBS11 Bastogne bureau! Tomorrow, it's on to Normandy. Goodnight from Bastogne (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Final night in the CBS11 Bastogne bureau! Tomorrow, it's on to Normandy. Goodnight from Bastogne (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The POWMIA flag flies daily here in Krinkelt/Rocheratch, the twin villages in Northern Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The POWMIA flag flies daily here in Krinkelt/Rocheratch, the twin villages in Northern Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Rowlett resident US Army D Day vet Ormand Knowles, at the site of the German execution of 11 black soldiers. No words (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Rowlett resident US Army D Day vet Ormand Knowles, at the site of the German execution of 11 black soldiers. No words (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
2nd Infantry Division US Army recognized in St Vith Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day 2nd Infantry Division US Army recognized in St Vith Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Town center Vie L Salm Belgium, a Sherman tank recognizing the 7th Armored division. EVERY town remembers (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Town center Vie L Salm Belgium, a Sherman tank recognizing the 7th Armored division. EVERY town remembers (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
In the same Belgium fields, home to the US Army 82nd Airborne, a 2nd monument saluting Korea vets  (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day In the same Belgium fields, home to the US Army 82nd Airborne, a 2nd monument saluting Korea vets (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
70 year old bullet holes, still dot this home in Foy Belgium. Wow (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day 70 year old bullet holes, still dot this home in Foy Belgium. Wow (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Memorial in Belgium that recognizes the well known Easy company of the 101st Airborne ((Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Memorial in Belgium that recognizes the well known Easy company of the 101st Airborne ((Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The merry Band of Brothers, half way through an amazing Sunday (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The merry Band of Brothers, half way through an amazing Sunday (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Part of Patton's 3rd US Army Charlie Alford, Silver Star recipient. Moved by his return to the fields of Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Part of Patton's 3rd US Army Charlie Alford, Silver Star recipient. Moved by his return to the fields of Belgium (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
North Texas resident and US Army Joseph Dixon, hears heartfelt "thank you." Landed at Utah, fought Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day North Texas resident and US Army Joseph Dixon, hears heartfelt "thank you." Landed at Utah, fought Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Dallas resident and D-Day hero Prentis Sibley, being thanked for his efforts in both Normandy and the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Dallas resident and D-Day hero Prentis Sibley, being thanked for his efforts in both Normandy and the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Monuments everywhere. This one dedicated to the US Army for its role in winning The Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Monuments everywhere. This one dedicated to the US Army for its role in winning The Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Every 2 kilometers fr Utah beach, these mark the path to liberation. 1147k later, this one marks victory in the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Every 2 kilometers fr Utah beach, these mark the path to liberation. 1147k later, this one marks victory in the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The Monument’s Men
Return to D-Day The Monument’s Men
The Monument’s Men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return to D-Day The Monument’s Men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The Monument’s Men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return to D-Day The Monument’s Men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Memories of battle begin to come alive at the American cemetery in Luxembourg (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Memories of battle begin to come alive at the American cemetery in Luxembourg Memories of battle begin to come alive at the American cemetery in Luxembourg (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
American cemetery in Luxembourg. Beautiful. Sobering (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day American cemetery in Luxembourg. Beautiful. Sobering (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The added cruelty of war. This Texan gave his life on Christmas Day, during the Battle of the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The added cruelty of war. This Texan gave his life on Christmas Day, during the Battle of the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Salute, to a Texan, who was lost in the Battle of the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Salute, to a Texan, who was lost in the Battle of the Bulge (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Plano D-Day hero Hal Power, among our men honored by the Mayor of Bastogne today. Power was a POW near here (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Plano D-Day hero Hal Power, among our men honored by the Mayor of Bastogne today. Power was a POW near here (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The band of brothers in front of a U.S. tank at the former home of the 101st  (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The band of brothers in front of a U.S. tank at the former home of the 101st (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
The Texas D Day members, get a heroes welcome from the people of Bastogne. They are on a balcony right outside the City Council chambers, despite the hotel sign below them  (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day The Texas D Day members, get a heroes welcome from the people of Bastogne. They are on a balcony right outside the City Council chambers, despite the hotel sign below them (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Highland Park D-Day vet Major Brooks, describes shooting down 3 German fighters near Bastone (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Highland Park D-Day vet Major Brooks, describes shooting down 3 German fighters near Bastone (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
This is the base in Bastogne that was former home of the 101st (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day This is the base in Bastogne that was former home of the 101st (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Bastogne councilman honors our men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Bastogne councilman honors our men (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Ormand Knowles (with his wife) honors one of the Wereth 11 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Ormand Knowles (with his wife) honors one of the Wereth 11 (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
General Georg S. Patton’s grave (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day General Georg S. Patton’s grave (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Major Brooks(L) with Doug Dunbar(R), in the town of Bastogne (credit CBS 11).
Return to D-Day Major Brooks(L) with Doug Dunbar(R), in the town of Bastogne (credit CBS 11).
Veteran Ormand Knowles. In the town of Bertrix Belgium, en route to Bastogne (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D Day Veteran Ormand Knowles. In the town of Bertrix Belgium, en route to Bastogne (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
En route Belgium with our D Day heroes. Quiet bus as they remember the fighting in these - now beautiful - fields of France (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day En route Belgium with our D Day heroes. Quiet bus as they remember the fighting in these - now beautiful - fields of France (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Our band of brothers at DFW Airport about to depart for the Return to D Day (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Our band of brothers at DFW Airport about to depart for the Return to D Day (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Our D-Day heroes get requests for autographs at DFW Airport as we wait to leave (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Our D-Day heroes get requests for autographs at DFW Airport as we wait to leave (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Pure class send off for our D-Day veterans by the  ever-supportive American Airlines (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
return To D-Day Pure class send off for our D-Day veterans by the ever-supportive American Airlines (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Silent terminal as WW2 hero Charlie Alford, gets emotional at Return to Normandy send off (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day Silent terminal as WW2 hero Charlie Alford, gets emotional at Return to Normandy send off (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
CBS 11 team, photographer Billy Sexton(L), and Exec producer Maggie (R) (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
Return To D-Day CBS 11 team, photographer Billy Sexton(L), and Exec producer Maggie (R) (Credit: Doug Dunbar/CBS 11).
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