D-Day Veterans Gather at Pointe du Hoc, France

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

More than 40 World War II veterans are to gather today on the French coast with American and French officials to rededicate a reopened monument to the D-Day invasion.

It was 67 years ago -- on June 6, 1944 -- that U.S. Army Rangers
climbed the cliffs on a mission that General Omar Bradley called
the most dangerous assignment of the invasion.

The monument to the Rangers and German observation bunker it sits upon had been closed to the public for a decade because of safety concerns from decades of cliff erosion.

A nearly $5 million project of the American Battle Monuments Commission stabilized the cliff and the bunker.

Commission Secretary Max Cleland says the 155mm guns in that
bunker could have devastated the American landing on D-Day, had the Rangers failed.

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