Memorial Day through the eyes of the 'Greatest Generation'

Some local D-Day survivors to board 'Honor Flight'

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Remembering those who fought and died for our country through the eyes of those who survived. Memorial Day 2014 was bringing back heart-wrenching memories of battles from seven decades ago.

Soon some of those local living members of the 'Greatest Generation' who stormed the beaches of Normandy will be honoring their fallen comrades like never before. They were the survivors of D-Day, the largest sea-borne invasion in history.

"It remains in my mind until this day," said Bertram Grossman, a World War II U.S. Army veteran who now lives in Boynton Beach.

Nearly seven decades later, on this Memorial Day, all of these American heroes can think about is who did not make it back alive. "I had a little phone book and I tried to call my friends," said World War II veteran Roy Herter who resides in Lantana. "Not one of them made it," he said.

Herter was among the first wave of Americans to storm the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Herter said he stepped on a land mine and has had a prosthetic leg ever since he was pulled from the battlefield.

"I saw all these fellows that didn't make it and that's hard," he said.

Soon, a select group of surviving D-Day military men will have a unique opportunity to honor their fallen comrades. They will board an 'Honor Flight' to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments created in their honor. The journey also includes a stay in Bedford, Virginia during the 70th anniversary ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial.

"I'm really honored and I'm really proud just to be there to honor them," said Grossman.

To learn more about this very unique 'Honor Flight' out of Palm Beach International Airport June 5-7, click here .

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