Local veterans to mark 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

Updated: 05/30/2014 6:27 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 6:10 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

It is a special way to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Right now, four local veterans are on their way to Normandy, France where they are expected to meet with President Obama.

News10NBC caught up with the group of veterans as they took off for their incredible journey.

John Foy said, “I'm looking forward to my French family that's going to take care of me over there.”

Joseph Mack said, “I’m getting kind of excited to get back over there and see the new beach that I went to 70 years ago.”

When Joseph Mack landed in Normandy in 1944, the channel was full of ships and the air was full of planes. The hardest memory to erase is watching his best friend take his last breath.

Mack said, “I'd been to only one funeral up to that time so it was pretty meaningful to have your buddy in your hand and having him die right there.”

They are experiences his new friend veteran John Foy also shares.  Foy has made this trip before.

Joy Foy said, “They form a big avenue of flags for us to walk under on the way to church. It's a very emotional trip, more than a few tears will be shed.”

They remember those who never made it home.

Mack said, “I feel like this is going to be the rest of the story for me and I can have some closure.”

The men will spend two weeks in Europe.

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