Thursday will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day the assault on the beaches of Normandy that led to the end of World War II.
Veterans of D-Day may be in their 90s, but their memories are sharp as ever when they recount their D-Day experiences.
Pete Shaw and Jerry Dietch landed in Normandy as part of the world’s largest amphibious operation, all to defeat Nazi Germany.
Shaw was a member of an artillery battalion and was awarded five Battle Stars and four Bronze Stars.
In his interview, he didn’t get emotional until he spoke about his friends who didn’t come back.
“Until they found out about some of the awards and stuff, they said, ‘Boy you’ve done a lot.’ And I said not by myself, I had a lot of help and a lot of them aren’t here. And I said, that really hurts. We were such a tight-knit outfit. We were all brothers, believe me, but they are in my heart every time I go someplace.”
Through real-life stories of courage and sacrifice, millions will pay tribute to D-Day survivors and honor those who gave their lives including right here in the Coastal Empire.
Local D-Day Events:
- Savannah Compass will host Liberty Day starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at the Savannah Convention Center. Events range from a meet and greet with veterans and presentations of flags.
- The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will host events beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday to commemorate the historic milestone. Admission is $8 for the entire day. World War II veterans get in free.