Survivors mark 75th anniversary of D-Day


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRE/WYOU) — 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.

Today at the Capitol, a Holocaust survivor liberated by U.S. forces joined members of Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of those who stormed the beaches and fought to defeat the Nazis.

This week marks a historical milestone, 75 years, since planes flew over the beaches of Normandy an, and troops stormed the beaches. Recalling moments like this make Holocaust survivor Steven Fenves emotional.

“Squadrons came back always in missing man formation and we counted them,” Fenves said.

Fenves was barely a teenager when enemy forces occupied his home.

“Screaming yelling and spitting at us as we went by,” Fenves said.

Fenves says over the next several months, he experienced the horror of concentration camps. Then in April of 1945, the heroic efforts of American forces helped save his life. Fenves considers himself one of the lucky ones. The Holocaust survivor shared his story with members of Congress, including senator Tim Kaine.

It gave them hope to be able to survive and know that Americans are coming to liberate them,” Kaine said.

Senator Tim Scott says this year’s D-Day anniversary is an important reminder of American values and that hate won’t be tolerated.

It’s important for us to commit as a nation and people to making sure that liberty is real for others,” Scott said.

Through real life stories of courage and sacrifice, Americans will pay tribute to D-Day survivors and honor those who gave their lives.

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