June 6 - Veteran of the D-Day landing recalls the terror of the invasion, as others see it as call for freedom as the 70th anniversary is marked in the U.S. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy is marked in Bedford, Virginia. The small town which lost 19 of its men that day-- the greatest loss by any town in the world relative to its population. Veteran Allen Orndorff served with the 101st Airborne. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VETERAN ALLEN ORNDORFF SAYING: "Everything - all hell broke loose and we dropped at night. Couldn't find anybody, was all by myself in a strange country. I couldn't speak the language, didn't know where I was at or what. And finally, we got together a few at a time until we formed a unit. That was about it - we were the lucky ones." In New York the Statue of Liberty is adorned with a sign that says "The French will never forget" Rose petals are dropped from a helicopter to mark the day. World War Two veterans are honored for their service and sacrifice. 88-year old Lawrence Janos served in the Navy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWRENCE JANOS, WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN, SAYING: "We got to have freedom in this world. And this is an example that you see today. And I think it could be created throughout the world if we stick to it." As of last September, more than a million U.S. World War Two veterans were still alive. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says 413 die each day.