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WWII Veteran Reflects on D-Day Importance

Charlsston, WV - 91 year old Paul Howard will never forget June 6, 1944. 

He was 17 years old and already signed up to eventually join his brother and uncle to fight Hitler's German forces overseas. 

What he didn't know at the time is that D-Day would be the turning point in the big war - the beginning of the end. 

"It's just amazing how everyone came together in order to put an end to that crazy person over that we ended up going to fight," said Howard. 

Howard is one of around 500,000 World War veterans still living today. He's hoping that as more veterans pass on that the importance of this historic event does not pass on with them. 

Too many lost their lives - including Howard's uncle - for any of us to forget. 

"There were a lot of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice,. and it was simply because D-Day was the catalyst for getting things started toward a finish,"  he said. 

More than 160-thousand Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 74 years ago. It was known as the largest seaborne invasion in history.
 


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