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World War II Veterans honored on D-Day

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Over six decades ago a key turning point in World WarII took place, a day that will be forever known as D-Day. Now, 65 years later, some of those brave men are living at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home, where they are being recognized for their heroism.

Two different motorcycle groups made a large donation in their honor, for the sacrifice they made for their country.

"It is very important that we support our veterans. These fellows deserve and have worked hard and have given a lot for them to be here. So, we need to support them as much as we can," said Herman Leger with the Southwest Louisiana Fallen Soldiers.

"Veterans have given everything for everyone. And, we just thought is was right to do our part, to give back," said Ross "Rooster" Meche with Gypsy MC International.

Many of the veterans at the veterans home enjoy sharing their old war stories, with their old war buddies.

"His parachute opened up just as we hit the ground. I hit my head on a rock and crushed my skull. I was out for about two weeks. When I came to, the doctor said, do you know your name. I said, sure I know my name, don't you know yours? He said, you are going back to duty, there is nothing wrong with you," said World War II Veteran A.J. Macaluso. 

"I am 83 years old, now. I went in the service when I was 16. I made the invasion at Okinawa. I brought in a tank on the seventh wave," said World War II Veteran Henry Stanley. 

The money donated will go to make additions to place where these men call home, men who were once soldiers, and forever heroes.

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