On Saturday, June 7, 2014 between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m., two World War II veterans who survived D-Day will meet each other – for the first time – at the Made In America Store, 900 Maple Street, Elma, NY 14059 to reminisce about their experiences that fateful day.
“Our nation and the free world are commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, which took place on June 6, 1944,” Mark Andol, founder and owner of the Made In America Store began. “It was the Allies’ one shot to penetrate Nazi Germany’s defenses and to liberate Europe. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the young men who jumped out of airplanes and scaled the cliffs to fight in this decisive battle.”
Both veterans are 90 years old. One participated in the amphibious invasion, landing on Omaha Beach. The other was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, 508th Division, who landed near the Merderet River and La Fiere Bridge. They are highly decorated.
These veterans embodied the words of General Eisenhower, “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force…The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.” These men answered the prayers of the people of France and all of Europe by putting their own lives on the line.
“Can you imagine the stories these two veterans will tell?” Andol continued. “Seventy years ago, they fought for the nation they love and the freedom of our Allies. They lost comrades in battle, yet they offer living testimony for the events of that day, as well as the days and weeks that followed including the liberation of Nazi death camps.”
The reunion of the two WWII veterans coincides with the Saturday morning arrival of a tour bus at the Made In America Store. It is one of many buses from out-of-state – this one from Illinois – that make the patriotic pilgrimage to the only general merchandise store in the U.S. that exclusively sells 100% American Made Products.
“Our bus visitors are in for a big surprise when they get off the bus and meet two WWII heroes. We are proud to facilitate this reunion, and to welcome dozens of visitors from the Midwest for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Andol concluded.
***EDIT; June 8th, 2014 - Picture added & text***
Both D-Day Veterans enjoying the weather at Elma, NY, location.