CBS NewsIn 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.