Remembering D-Day

June 5, 2009 3:19:03 PM PDT
In honor of D-Day, some war veterans on Long Island reconnected to remember that fateful day. Those who battled for their survival showed their pride and patriotism at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport. Sixty Five years later, some of them still have a hard time dealing with the memories. Mario Spagnuolo was just 19 years old, part of the initial invasion fleet on D-Day.

"I cant talk about it," said Spagnuola. He says the memories are just too painful. He lost so many friends.

"I don't get over it, I don"t sleep," said Spagnuolo.

Ed Collins was a sergeant in the Army trained to drive tanks.

"What we left behind, we"ll never see it again. We don't want to see it again," said Collins.

Collin's division helped war vet Joseph Cosenzo's men land on Omaha each. After decades of buried memories, the two veterans reconnected.

"I'm just grateful to be alive and that we won the war," said Cosenzo. "It's rare to meet someone who is this age and have the same kind of experience."

Collins and Cosenzo say they have a bond that can't be broken. And it's their incredible spirit that keeps them looking forward to the future--well into the future, as they plan to meet again when they're 100 years old.

Web produced by Maura Sweeney


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