World War II planes fly over D-Day 75th anniversary in Bedford

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  1. Chris Collins

    June 7, 2019 6:11 am

    Cool! I was in Bedford today and met a living legend 101 Airborne run-of-the-mill 95 year old man who landed in Normandy at 2 AM June 6th via parachute. He lives to this day to tell a remarkably courageous, yet humble reflection of that day and onward to horrific discovery of the reality of 10 months later! This man's interpretation of war and the ill-fate of the Bedford Boys was a wake up call to be thankful for things so many take for granted.

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  2. OGSpaceCadet

    June 7, 2019 6:57 am

    I just read about the Bedford Boys, it's heroic and sad. Bedford, VA, had a population of only about 3,000 people in June of 1944, but it lost 19 of its young men in the initial beach landing, and three more in the next few days to come, for a total of 22 deaths from the D Day invasion. That was the highest per capita death rate of any American city or town, around one soldier killed for every 140 people or so. I grew up in a town of about 2,000 so I know how it is. Everyone knows everyone, but you also know their siblings, their parents, their cousins, where they live, where they go to church, etc. It's very close knit, so I imagine that just about everyone of those 22 young men were known by the entire town. Or close enough, there would have been a ton of overlap. So for the town, it wouldn't be like losing a friend or two in the war, it would be losing 22! friends in the war. They were likely boys you grew up with, you'd know their moms and dads. My senior class was 99 kids, about half and half. So it would be like half of all the boys in my class killed. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for them, how they got thru it as a town. The monument there was privately funded, the govt made it a national monument in the 90s, but they didn't pay for it. I guess that's a testament to the strength of the town. I'd like to read more of their story, I bet it would make a great movie, sad but inspiring, a small town coming back from unimaginable loss. And if there were survivors who came back, I'm sure it was so hard for them, feeling so guilty, feeling the pain from all the families as well as their own pain from losing so many friends. Ugh, I hope they found some happiness. Never forget!!!!

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  3. jermain amburayan

    June 7, 2019 3:55 pm

    Loved watching those fighter planes that flew overhead. Awesome. Salute to our living WW2 veterans and to the heroes who sacrificed their lives for life , liberty and peace. May we as POTUS said, never forget this historic event. Its time we shared the stories and pictures with the younger generation who dont know what a real war is like.

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  4. dadu4u

    June 8, 2019 12:17 am

    It would help if she researched what she was talking about. The WW2 bombers, fighters and transports were not from active duty, reserve, or national guard. As was the plane I am with is from the Commemorative Air Force, and other museums and organizations.

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  5. IP Rainwater

    June 8, 2019 5:48 am

    Crappy coverage. There were jets streaking over my house that day. Thank goodness a regular YouTuber posted a video.

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  6. ElSalvadorG

    February 7, 2020 10:39 am

    This is the ONLY ONE video in SPANISH LANGUAGE about the great D DAY MEMORIAL in Bedford VA. https://youtu.be/n-_eT6ZbDpM

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