D-Day remembered at Eisenhower Museum and Library Campus


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Abilene, Kan. -- Friday marks the 70'th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War Two.
Veterans are remembering the day the beaches of France were stormed by the allies.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander. So the Eisenhower Museum and Library is holding commemorative activities this Friday and Saturday.

WW2 Veterans like Ed Huelbig are visiting the museum along with their families. The 90 year old from Hoboken, New Jersey says he trained at Fort Riley. He remembers the preparations in Southern England for the D-Day invasion. The former army soldier says he wasn't needed for the invasion but landed the following month.

He says, "It was scary, in as much as, we didn't know what the heck as going on and we had done a lot of work to prepare to go but they didn't use us. But as to what happened that day, I'm not going to say I wasn't scared because we didn't know what the heck we were doing."

He's one of the fortunate ones to have had 70 years to reflect on that time. Younger generations have little time to learn directly from those who were there. But they can learn at museums and libraries like on Abilene's Eisenhower campus.

Museum Communications Director Samantha Keener says, "It's really important to make sure we don't forget. World War II was the pivotal moment for the world. Had the allies not been successful we would be living in a very different global landscape today."

Activities continue Saturday starting at 10:AM with a D-Day plus 20 year documentary film showing Dwight D. Eisenhower returning to Normandy being interviewed by Walter Cronkite. Saturday evening starting at 8:30 the "Symphony at Sunset" annual D-Day Commemorative Concert begins featuring the Salina Symphony Orchestra.


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