Gov. Youngkin attends National D-Day Memorial ceremony in Bedford

BEDFORD, Va. – Tuesday marks the 79th anniversary of D-Day, and to honor the day Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin stopped by the National Monument in Bedford.

“You can’t help but be overwhelmed with emotion when you come here, not just the first time, but every time,” Youngkin said.

A crowd gathered to hear of the sacrifice of the Bedford Boys, 20 people who died that day, thought to be the highest per capita in the nation.

They also heard the stories of survivors, veterans who lived to tell their story, like Ernest Fulcher from Christiansburg.

“I kept them informed,” Fulcher said. “When I saw something on the water .... like (a) bunch of men gathered together on the water. I would call my commander, and tell them about it.”

WWII Veteran John Eakin who also attended the ceremony said he doesn’t regret his service for a second.

“I’d do it again if I had to, under the same circumstances,” Eakin said.

It’s people like Eakin, Youngkin said he’s inspired by today.

“I can’t help but reflect on my own grandfather who when he was 16 lied on his form and went to serve in the Pacific, who I’m named after,” Youngkin said. “I’m just continually reminded of this greatest generation. This generation of heroes.”

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