National D-Day Memorial paying special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice 72 years ago

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BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford is paying tribute to those who fought in Normandy, France 72 years ago.

A special ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday called "A Testament to Freedom: Roll Call."

The ceremony will begin with music by the 29th Division Band along with a flyover of an original P-51 Mustang that will be painted with Operation Overlord recognition stripes.

The keynote speaker is Norwood Thomas, a 93-year-old WWII veteran. He will be speaking on a “Paratrooper’s Remembrance.”

At 12:30 p.m. the names of the 2,499 American soldiers who lost their lives on June 6, 1944 will be read aloud for the first time.

Coverage for the ceremony will be broadcast live on WDBJ7 and www.wdbj7.com. Click here to watch live starting at 11 a.m.