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D-Day vets recognized at national memorial in Va.

Wednesday - 6/6/2012, 5:07pm  ET

BEDFORD, Va. - The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is marking the 68th anniversary of the Allied invasion at the beaches of Normandy.

About 700 people gathered at the memorial on Wednesday, including about 35 D-Day veterans who received a standing ovation from attendees.

The Roanoke Times reports ( http://bit.ly/Lao9u2) that the ceremony also included tributes to Bob Slaughter, a D-Day veteran who died last week in Roanoke at the age of 87.

About 2,500 Allied soldiers died on June 6, 1944, in what has become known as the largest land, air and sea operation in military history.

The memorial was dedicated in 2001. It was built in Bedford in large part because 19 soldiers from Bedford died during the D-Day invasion's first wave.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com


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