D-Day Parade In Bedford Draws Many

Bedford, VA- Patriotism was at an all time high in Bedford as many gathered for a 1940's themed parade., The town chose Saturday to continue to remember the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. The sidewalks were filled with people shouting out their thank-yous as many veterans passed by.

After the parade, a bell tolled 19 times in honor of the 19 Bedford Boys killed 70 years ago. It's a time of remembrance the town holds close to their heart.

"It was a big sacrifice for the little town of Bedford that lost so many" said Rachel Murray Anderson who was just sixteen years old on June 6th 1944, but she remembers it well.

"Oh it was a sad time, a really sad time with those telegrams coming in, really sad," said Anderson. She had five brothers and a boyfriend in the service when the war ended.

"All came back with no injuries or anything," said Anderson.

She says although her family wasn't touched with tragedy she saw the town ripped apart, and is happy to see the gratitude of many lining the streets.

"This community lost so much during that war so we really feel like we need to celebrate it. We've kind of lost that as a country in the patriotism and we forget what it's about, so today is celebratory of that," said Melanie Srsic who is the owner of Town Kitchen Provisions in Bedford.

Many veterans took part in the parade and were greeted by enthusiastic crowds. 110 students marched from the E.C. Glass High School band along with many others.

"I think it's a wonderful thing now, maybe these younger generations that's coming on, maybe they'll teach them a lot," said Anderson. All involved say it's just been a special time in Bedford.

{}" We've had a good time, listening to the stories, you know, the stories we've all heard from our grandparents of those brave young men, and it's just been really nice," said Srsic.

Even though this parade was in Bedford, there were people who came from all over to watch it as well as participate in it. Two large travel buses filled with veterans were spotted in the area. The sign on the front said they were World War Two Normandy Veterans who were a part of Operation Overlord, coming all the way from western North Carolina.