Community gathers to honor 'Bedford Boys' lost on D-Day - WNEM TV 5

Community gathers to honor 'Bedford Boys' lost on D-Day

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

People across the country are commemorating the 70 years of honor on today, the anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

D-Day is seen as the beginning of the end of World War II. This morning, people will gather at the Virginia War Memorial to travel to Bedford, Virginia. It's a community that suffered the country's most severe loss.

The group will head to Bedford to remember "The Bedford Boys," 19 soldiers that were lost that day. The loss of all soldiers on that day was significant, but at that time, Bedford, Virginia had a population of 3200. Proportionally, that community suffered the nation's severest D-Day losses of anywhere in the country.

Eleanor Cunningham, wife of D-Day survivor Lt. Francis Sydney Cunningham, spoke about what it was like having her husband on active duty at that time.

"Service really had a hard play on him. Very hard play," said Eleanor Cunningham. "He saw a lot of his friends hurt, injured, one of the foxholes that he jumped into with a nice gentleman that he was such a good companion with."

The group will be at the War Memorial at 7 a.m. to head to Bedford and pay tribute to those soldiers who did not make it back as their way to commemorate this D-Day.

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