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Normandy Part 3: Teaching future generations about war heroes

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"They fought for us," she said as she tried to wipe back tears. "If I can walk peacefully in the middle of the street, if I can go shopping whenever I want, it is all thanks to them. What I like about [American] veterans is that with very few words they say everything - essential things about life, and so they are my heroes."

To former members of the 101st Airborne Division like Leslie Harris, it's a touching reminder that what he and his buddies accomplished 68 years ago has not gone forgotten in many parts of France.

"I'm really wondering how I'm even able to be here," Harris said.

Earlier this year, 9NEWS Reporter Chris Vanderveen traveled to England and France to help those countries mark yet another poignant anniversary of D-Day.

With the help of the Denver-based Greatest Generations Foundation, a dozen World War II veterans made the journey back to the former airfields of England and the beaches of Normandy.

"Hardly a day goes by when I get up in the morning where I don't see Normandy," veteran Joe Scida said. "Every day. I can't get Normandy out of my head. It's implanted."

Scida was in the Navy when he helped land men onto Normandy's beaches.

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