Honoring veterans ahead of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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As we approach the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, we are taking the time to honor local veterans.

Sunday we introduce you to Bobbie Johnson, a World War II vet from Bedford, home of the National D-Day Memorial.

The 92-year-old joined the air core cadets when he was only 17 back in 1943, training as a gunner, mechanic and flight engineer.

Johnson spent his training days in the air testing out the new planes.

At the time of D-Day Johnson was training in Texas, but his heart was in Bedford as many of the “Bedford Boys” lost their lives.

He says because there was no funeral for those warriors, he insisted on helping build the memorial that he now visits regularly.

“I come here (to the memorial) always, at least once a week and just try to I guess pay homage to the ones that are not here. And that’s the way I feel about it. Because they gave, they didn’t give it all, all was taken and that’s the way it was. I think what they prepared for, kept us free and that’s it.,” said Bobbie Johnson, WWII veteran. 

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