Bedford, VA

June 6 D-Day celebration in Bedford honored WWII veterans

Cheryl E Preston
Michael Preston Jr. And Governor Younkin.Photo byMichael L Preston Jr.

Governor George Patton's grandson and Governor Younkin were on hand at D-Day Memorial

There was a special commemoration of the slain D-Day soldiers on Memorial Day 2023, May 29th at the War Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. On June 6, Governor Glen Younkin was on hand and spoke at the 79th commemoration of the invasion of Normandy at the Memorial. With him in the above image is Roanoker, history buff and former history teacher Michael L Preston Jr. who enjoys learning facts about Virginia's past. Preston said it was an honor to be a part of the days events also to chat with Virginia's Governor.

The celebration was in honor of WWII, June 6, 1944, when Allied troops battled against the odds to save the world and they won. The day is so memorable because Allied soldiers infiltrated occupied Western Europe, entering through the beaches of Normandy, which were being held by Nazi Germany soldiers.

More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foothold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

In addition to Younkin, there were several other D-Day speakers including George Patton “Pat” Waters the grandson of General George Patton. Waters' mother was the General's daughter and he was 5 when he first met his famous grandfather.

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