June 6, 1944 marks the legendary Normandy landings, the largest naval invasion in history to liberate France during World War II. Nicknamed “D-day,” about 12,000 soldiers from the Allied forces and Nazi Germany died during this massive attack that served as a turning point for breaking down the Axis Powers.
On Sunday, June 1st, KLRU Q is honoring the 70th anniversary of this amazing American feat with a marathon of D-day specials.
Starting with D-day: The Price of Freedom at 2 p.m., we go inside the story with personal accounts from former paratroopers, gunners, landing craft operators and others representing the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy with their tales of survival. Five veterans – some of whom were returning to Normandy for the first time since 1944 – make an emotional journey to the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, the final resting place of 9,000 of their fallen comrades.
A World War II veteran shares the wisdom he carries from living through Nazi occupation as he takes four young history teachers to Belgium in The Lesson Is Priceless. Then, part two of this veteran’s dream of educating the price of freedom relocates in Memories of France to tour the battlegrounds with veterans and young educators. The moving two-part series Let Freedom Ring starts at 3 p.m. only on KLRU Q.
Next, the “Screaming Eagles” are put in the spotlight at 5 p.m. on Company of Heroes. The Easy Company combat unit featured in this program inspired the book Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose along with the HBO series for its legendary World War II expeditions including D-day and Operation Market Garden in Holland.
KLRU Q continues to feature the Screaming Eagles with Eagles of Mercy starting at 6 p.m. A seldom-told tale of the opening moments on D-day when two young American medics get trapped in a church and rescue soldiers during the battle surrounding them. The two medics themselves recount their heroic story along with newsreel footage and re-enactments on this special program.
A vital member of the Easy Company and commander on D-day, Major Richard D. Winters (1918-2011) is given an honorable biography on Dick Winters: Hang Tough at 7 p.m on KLRU Q.
Then, KLRU Q focuses on the heroes at sea during D-day with Navy Heroes of Normandy at 8 p.m. Over 52,000 American soldiers sailed to Normandy and played a huge role in freeing Western Europe of Nazi invasion. Learn about their personal stories from that day only on KLRU Q.
Get more survivors’ perspectives on Day of Days: June 6, 1994 starting at 9 p.m. In this documentary, brave American veterans tell their stories of transformation and their uneasiness as being coined heroes from surviving D-day.
The most expansive and private collection of World War II memorabilia is revealed in World War II: Saving the Reality at 10 p.m. for KLRU Q’s final D-day tribute.
The most gruesome war in history shaped American culture and the rest of the world forever. Remember this iconic day with us at KLRU Q on June 1st!