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DAVENPORT, IA – Flags all across the Quad Cities are hung at half-staff today to honor and remember those who served and fell 70 years ago on D-Day.

Today, a 95-year-old veteran shared his memories from 1944 that brought tears to his eyes.

On June 6, 1944, Ed Holmes was a young man working on the Rock Island Arsenal testing guns, but his dream was to join the Air Force and serve his country.

Holmes says, “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I knew I was probably going in.”

He was working on the Arsenal when he heard about the attack in France. Holmes knew the war had taken a grave turn.

He teared up remembering, “It makes me feel sad because I had a lot of friends, and I don’t know why I’m here.”

What we all know as D-Day is a day that killed thousands of Holmes’ brothers, those who inspired him to continue the fight in World War II.

Eventually, Holmes joined the Air Force. And until this day, he proudly hangs American flags on his walker, and keeps his Air Force cap by his side.

He says, “I wish they were here – so many of them.”

70 years later, Holmes will always remember the war that forever changed history.

And each day, he also thanks the men and women serving now. Holmes says, “I hope they never have to experience the things that we have.”

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