It’s been 70 years since then Staff Sergeant Waymon Blundell jumped onto the beach at Normandy. But, the World War II vet still draws a crowd with his stories… and that’s exactly what he was doing today.
CBS 11’s Doug Dunbar travels to Europe with North Texas World War II veterans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
One man’s return to D-Day meant a surprise meeting… that was 70 years in the making. Right now, Doug takes a closer look at his story.
A group of North Texas D-Day heroes arrived home Monday afternoon at DFW Airport. The amazing men spent the last 10 days reliving a journey they took 70 years ago. During the CBS 11 News journey with them last week, there were smiles, tears, and moments were there were simply no words.
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.
President Barack Obama arrived Friday on the shores of Normandy, where waves of U.S. forces came by air and sea to liberate Nazi-occupied France 70 years ago.
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.
Those attending the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy on Friday will be on hallowed ground, surrounded by the headstones of those who, unfortunately, did not return.
As we walked down toward Omaha beach, there weren’t many words. Just ahead, the cold, imposing body of water looks no different than it did 70 years ago, our men tell me.
I have been here three times now. I still cannot walk into the American Cemetery in Colleville Sur Mer without my eyes watering. It is stunning, sobering, moving.
It was a short winding ride through the north side of Bastogne, to reach the former home of the 101st Airborne today. The Battle of the Bulge base of operations for the screaming eagles, and housing, that now stands frozen in time.
We’re eight hours from landing in France. We’re a lifetime from the war we’re going to remember. But looking at their faces as I walk the aisle of the airplane, I know it will all soon come back.