Friday the world saluted the men who changed the course of history 70 years ago today. Thousands gathered in Normandy, franc to remember D-Day. CBS 11’s Doug Dunbar is following World War II veterans from North Texas as they return to the battle site. But on Friday it wasn’t the ceremony that made their hearts ache.
Soon the sun will rise in Normandy, France on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. A group of North Texas D-Day veterans are in France with CBS 11’s Doug Dunbar who is documenting their emotional return. Before leaving, Doug spoke to the veterans about what they expected during their trip back and what it would mean to likely be making their final D-Day return.
Nearly 70 years after the D-Day invasion, there is a new set of men parachuting over France. The Liberty Jump Team will honor our North Texas D-Day vets and the team prepared for the big moment right here in North Texas.
The American symbol of freedom is also a symbol of sacrifice. In Collin County, 42 flags wave – one for each Plano serviceman who has died for the Stars and Stripes. The clouds parted just in time for Plano’s annual Sunset at Memorial Park.
At Arlington National Cemetery and across the U.S. on this Memorial Day, Americans paused to remember the high price of freedom. Some 30,000 people participated in a relay called “Carry the Load”.
Former President George W. Bush says wounded U.S. military members joining him for his annual mountain bike ride “turned their circumstances into good” by displaying courage and sacrifice.
He was face-to-face with a bomb, and he survived. After two years of recovery, Marine Staff Sergeant Marcus Burleson returned to North Texas this week, where a few volunteers are scrambling to give him a house he can live in.
Shortly after U.S. Army Scout Steve Blackman retired from the service, he says he slipped into depression. After seven years in the military, Blackman has PTSD. Then Blackman says it took the Veterans Administration (VA) more than two years to pay him full disability benefits.
Plano veteran Larry Lorance always has a flag flying at his home. And he’s fed up with having to replace it. Lorance’s front door flag was destroyed for the third time early Friday morning.
The CBS 11 I-Team has learned about an internal memo that shows the North Texas Veterans Affairs built up a backlog of more than 36,000 health consultations.
The flags outside the house on Diceman Drive in Dallas declared it proudly: “This is the home of a United States veteran.” That brand new, mortgage-free home is one the Zachary family saw Friday for the very first time.
Good news for some military veterans… as a part of the College Credit for Heroes (CCH) program, service to your country can now translate into college credit hours.