PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Sixty five south Florida World War II veterans were together in Bedford, Virginia at the site of the National D-Day Memorial. They were survivors of that battle seven decades ago. Their families, meanwhile, are offering love and support from home while they are away.
On a day filled with such history and American pride, survivors of the D-Day invasion 70 years ago gathered together to mark the anniversary. Among them are dozens of south Florida veterans, taking part in an unprecedented three day Honor Flight. The non-profit usually takes veterans to Washington, D.C., and back in just one day.
Evelyn Schorr's 92-year old husband, Philip, is there for the emotional journey.
"He said that he was in tears or on the verge of tears," she said. "Children were hugging him. Adults were hugging him."
Mr. Schorr is part of what is often called 'The Greatest Generation', a generation fading away quickly as the years go on. Mrs. Schorr says her husband had planned to pen his memoirs, but has not done it yet. "He kept wanting to do it so maybe he'll want to do it again," she said.
"It's nice to be part of the present and it's nice to think about the future but it's very important to remember the past, even if some of those memories are hurtful," she said.
The sixty five south Florida D-Day veterans return to Palm Beach International Airport on Saturday night. The public is invited to the homecoming inside the terminal at 8:15 p.m.