September 2, 2014

Remembering D-Day at the Wisconsin Capitol (AUDIO)

Veterans look on during a D-Day remembrance at the Wisconsin Capitol. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

Veterans look on during a D-Day remembrance at the Wisconsin Capitol. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

Hundreds of people gathered at the Wisconsin Capitol Friday, to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Veterans, their families, and current military were all in attendance for a noon-time ceremony remembering those who fought and died on the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago. State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says it was a day that changed the course of history, striking a blow against the Nazi regime in the effort to “defeat the evil forces of fascism and military imperialism.”

97-year-old Raymond Nelson, a World War II veteran from Beloit, was among those honored during the ceremony. Nelson shared his experience as a 1st Sergeant of a glider infantry unit, when they landed on the beaches on D+1.

AUDIO: Raymond Nelson (7:18)

More than 160,000 allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on this day 70 years ago, to fight Nazi Germany. Over 9,000 allied soldiers were killed or wounded.

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