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Melrose TV to broadcast 'D-Day And Beyond'

Posted by Marcia Dick  May 18, 2012 07:49 AM

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Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, left, recounts memories of D-Day to CBS correspondent Walter Cronkite in the 1964 CBS special: "D-Day Plus 20 Years: Eisenhower Returns to Normandy." In the photo, Eisenhower points to a hedgerow on a French farm as he tells Cronkite about the special problems the hedgerows presented to the invading forces in Normandy.

In honor of Memorial Day, Melrose Massachusetts Television (MMTV) is broadcasting on Channel 39 “D-Day And Beyond,” featuring D-Day veteran, Irving Smolens, interviewed by Arnold Koch. 

Smolens had attended ceremonies honoring the 60th anniversay of D-Day and was given the high honor of leading the 21-gun salute on both the Omaha and Utah beaches.

In the conclusion, there is a rare film of General Eisenhower touring Normandy Beach with Walter Cronkite as part of a CBS-TV special 20 years after the invasion. They both walk among the over 9,000 white crosses in the US Cemetary behind Omaha Beach.

Resting near a wall overlooking the cemetery, Eisenhower discusses why the anniversary was a special day for him and the American people,concluding: "These young men, so many of them, were cut off in the prime of their lives and have families that grieve for them. I devoutly hope that we will never again have to see scenes such as these.  I pray that humanity has learned more than it had up to that time.”

The program was produced by Frank Goodhue.

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