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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — It was 70 years ago on Friday that the Invasion of Normandy started; thousands lost their lives and in remembrance of that event the Kansas Cosmosphere held a ceremony to honor the fallen and the veterans.
Hundreds attended the event. People of note were Congressman Mike Pompeo and former astronaut and retired Lt. Col. Sam Gemar. Both Pompeo and Gemar spoke at the event.
“It was not their dream to fight and die on the beaches of Normandy or the skies over France on that day,” Gemar said, “they were scared, they were cold, they were sea sick, they were exhausted, yet they marched on because they had no other choice.”
It was on June 6th, 1944 that 160,000 Allied troops invaded a 50-mile long stretch of the northern French beach of Normandy. Dwight D. Eisenhower lead the crusade. More than 9,000 Allied troopers were either killed or injured.