North Carolina honors World War 2 veterans on 75th anniversary of D-Day

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The North Carolina General Assembly recognized the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion with a ceremony in Raleigh.

99-year-old Durham veteran recounts D-Day invasion

World War II veterans were special guests at the event. Politicians and local leaders also attended.

Before the official ceremony, the veterans were given a chance to speak at the General Assembly.

EMBED More News Videos

World War 2 veterans spoke to North Carolina lawmakers on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

"Freedom is but one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it on to our children through our bloodstream. It must be protected, fought for and taught in the schools and in the home. Otherwise, we don't have freedom," one veteran said.

During the ceremony, the names of the 39 North Carolinians who sacrificed their lives on June 6, 1944, will be read aloud.

WW2 veteran tops charts with D-Day tribute song 'Shores of Normandy'

There will also be a wreath laying, rifle salute and a bugler playing "Taps."

Copyright © 2021 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.