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D-Day veterans remember invasion

D-Day veterans W. R. Snead and H. L. “Pete” Myers laid a wreath Monday at the Company F Memorial at the National Guard Armory in South Boston on the 68th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.

 Myers, the lone surviving member of Co. F who participated in the D-Day invasion, was wounded in the left leg by a German 88 mm shell as he stormed Omaha Beach at Normandy, France. He was hospitalized in England and the U.S. for 17 months. 

Snead, a member of the 5th Brigade, also came ashore at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. 

Commenting on the 68th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) said, “It is a great honor to serve the people of the 5th District and especially those who have dedicated years of selfless service over the generations in order to preserve our American way of life. Today, I thank those brave veterans and their families in Central and Southside Virginia who sacrificed so much for our freedoms on D-Day, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

“The nation’s D-Day Memorial, located in Bedford in Virginia’s 5th District, stands as a physical legacy to those across this country who answered the call of duty 68 years ago on the beaches of Normandy; but the legacy of freedom left by those brave soldiers echoes across this great nation in the spirit of the American Dream and the unlimited opportunities we all hold dear.

“Those who fearlessly serve our nation are some of the best our country has to offer, and we owe the liberties we enjoy as Americans to their dedication to ensuring that future generations are left better off than their own. One such solider is the late Bob Slaughter, who lived a long life of service after landing on Omaha Beach, and was recently laid to rest. Like the many who sacrificed their lives on D-Day, Bob’s life is remembered with reverence and honor as we reflect today on the actions of generations before us who have given so much so that we may preserve this great nation and its promise for those who will come after us.”