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.
In this report: There was a woman who traveled with our eight veterans back to Normandy, and she has a connection to WW II that these men had to see for themselves. Most had not met Peggy Harris before this trip, but now they’ll never forget her or her story.
Part of the week-long mission during the return to Normandy, France for eight north Texas hero’s from World War II, was to pay respects to the men they served with, who never made it home. On a chilly day, along the shores of Omaha Beach, they got that chance.
CBS 11 and Doug Dunbar were given the honor of documenting an emotional journey back to Normandy, France thus June with a group of veterans who captured our hearts. They left JFK airport, amid a sendoff fit for the World War II heroes they are. A short time later, they were transported to a time, and a place, that would bring it all back.
Quiet American Airlines program gives vets 1st class send-off.
During the ceremony on June 6 at Pointe du Hoc, Major Earl Tweed was approached by a man in a blue jacket who only spoke French, but wore an American flag tie.
At 0630, the sun was shining brightly, first time this week. Almost an omen, to say our men deserved a glorious day, to remember, reflect, and to celebrate themselves, and the lives lost.
When you write, and share stories for a passion, and a living, a day like today here in Normandy, is one you dream of. But that dream-like day, comes with an emotional price, no matter if you’re an observer, or the writer.