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Veterans observe D-Day at World War II Memorial

6-6-14

WASHINGTON (AP) — The granddaughter of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower is thanking the men who carried out the D-Day invasion during World War II by telling them “the world would have been a very different place” had their campaign failed.

Susan Eisenhower was one of several speakers Friday at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

Susan Eisenhower read the order her grandfather sent to the troops, and a letter the future president prepared in case the invasion he was overseeing failed.

She told the veterans that it was everyone’s duty to keep the memory of the invasion alive.

One of the D-Day veterans at the event, 88-year-old Frank Shea of Clifton, New Jersey, says he appreciates the recognition.