Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France during World War II.  Hundreds of West Virginians were among the thousands who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. Thirty-eight West Virginians died on those beaches.

Ten years ago, during the 60th anniversary of the invasion, Dale Loy of Barboursville and Eldridge Akers of Midway shared their experiences from that day with MetroNews reporter Chris Lawrence.

Click the links below to hear those features.

Eldridge Akers feature

Dale Loy feature

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  • Red White and Blue

    So proud to live in a country where such men and women were willing to pay the ultimate price. I Can only imagine what was going through their minds as they crossed the English Channel uncertain if they would live through the day. The deafening hum of the landing craft, bullets flying by and the door drops and its life and death as they never imagined. Struggling up the beach to try to find some sort of cover and seeing their comrades falling on every side. The fortitude it must have taken to press on and impose their will on the enemy is unimaginable. But this was just the beginning for those that survived, ahead of them were places like Holland and Bastogne. We really need to make our children aware of how great a sacrifice this generation made so they could grow up in the America we know today.
    Not to educate them is a slap in the face to every man and woman who gave their lives so we could be free.
    God Bless America!

  • WV Grad

    A fitting tribute in memory of those who sacrificed so much for all of us.

  • William

    Thanks to all veterans, past and present. Your sacrifices are appreciated. We admire and honor all of you! Thank you so much.

  • Shelia

    Excellent features Chris - thanks for bringing them back for today.

  • Carl

    Thanks Chris. Hate to think how it could have turned out if that 2nd wave wasn't successful. Thank God for those men, they are my heroes.

  • FNP

    They don't make them like these guys anymore! God Bless our troops past, present and future.

  • ernie

    So thankful to all of the heros who served. My father and several of his brothers served. One of which died in the battle of the bulge.

  • Maxeer

    GOD Bless all those brave men and women and their families.....THATS what makes America so great. Everyone seems to have given up these days and quit on her but I never will. She is too great and has suffered too much to quit. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

  • Shannon

    Gave me chills