D-Day remembered in Abilene, stories shared

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ABILENE, Kan. (KAKE) -

Moments in time, captured and held tight, commemorating a day in history that changed our country, and our world.
 
"We're glad to be here. Glad to be able to be here. Glad I'm still alive to be here," says Thomas Dixon and Ralph Lentz.

Thomas Dixon and Ralph Lentz remember vividly where they were 75 years ago, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy.

"I was in high school. They dropped the bomb in Japan and I thought will I be out of high school before this is over? I kept hoping it would be over before I got out but it wasn't."

General Dwight D Eisenhower led the charge that day. His proud granddaughter, took a moment to remember.

"It, shall we say, shaped my grandfather for the rest of his life. I think the special part about this particular celebration is that it's here in Abilene. Abilene never left his heart no matter where he was in the world," says Mary Jean Eisenhower.

Congressman Ron Estes acknowledged the outcome was far from certain, but the battle was necessary.

"It was to fight back evil and tyranny. The effort, the planning, the circumstances they had to fight in was just a monumental task," says Estes.

Men and women stepping up, fighting for justice, including "Rosie the Riveters" who worked in factories.

"I was willing to do anything. That's how I got to be Rosie," says Alice Miller.

Thomas Dixon knows you can't write the future without remembering the past. He hopes and prays for war to be over.

"Warfare is the most horrible thing that human beings were ever involved in. We need to figure out a way to know people, understand them and have them understand us."