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57 years after paying a tremendous price for freedom - Bedford prepares for what's expected to be the biggest event in its history...
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Coming up -special coverage and the latest news as we broadcast live from the National D-Day Memorial...
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And coming up in Health Check...
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flower gardens at the National D-Day Memorial aren't just pleasing to visitors... They're therapy - for war veterans in our area. We'll explain.
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Join us for this special broadcast of News 7 at 5.


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How many people will show up, or even how many the memorial grounds can accomodate is anybody's guess at this point.
But officials are preparing for a large crowd... perhaps 20-thousand strong.
Getting everyone in and out of Bedford quickly will be a challenge, and tonight Joe Dashiell is here with the latest on that.
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Months, even years of planning are evident out here today. Memorial officials, the secret service, state police are all out in force... Organizers are hopeful those who attend tomorrow will be patient and prepared.
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((patient and prepared...))
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Seating will be available here at the site... but it's first come first served. Water and food will be available Jean
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But for safety reasons... coolers, lawn chairs and umbrellas will not be permitted.
JEAN IS JOINED BY ROBIN [Two Shot Robin and Jean]




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[ROBIN AND JEAN] Weather forecasting was truly in its infancy in 1941. [Robin Full] There were no satellites to view the clouds. Weather radar was just being invented. But what we did have were observations. With so many ships at sea comunicating their current conditions, it was possible to get a pretty good analysis of the weather patterns. That map analysis was possible due to some brilliant work done right after World War I. A Norwegian team developed the polar front theory. It's what you and I know as highs, lows and fronts on the weather map.
With that information and climate records, military forecasters had to predict many months in advance the kind of weather the allied troops might be faced with. In the early going, weather conditions played a role in the success or failure of bombings to soften enemy positions.
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[VO] [RUNS :41 TIGHT] But far and away the toughest task was for the men riding out rough seas in the huge convoy of ships. D-day was delayed once by weather. And with the waves rolling and many of the soliders terribly sea sick, the question was, would the weather break and when? The forecast came in, there might be a break on the morning of June 6th. That break came and the men went ashore. But the waves were very rough. Many drowned before even reaching shore. (Ad lib story about a soldier on the beach)
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With so much of our nation's resources tied up in world war two, it's little wonder that one of the benefits of this intense effort was a dramtic improvement in weather forecasting skill. WW II produced weather radars for spotting rain. The cold war produced rockets and the need to photograph the earth. Weather satellites soon followed. In times of peace, all countries share their weather resources freely.
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No one knows the horror of D-Day more than the men who were there on the beaches that day.
[two shot with Nance] Bedford Native Ray Nance was one of those soldiers - a first lieutenant on D-Day. Notes:
He was the executive officer of A- company... second in command.. 29 years old that day.
Only officer in his sector of the beach to survive.
He has said it was like going up a dragon's tooth. [Jean and Ray: Q and A]
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Many of the flowerbeds at this Memorial have special significance.
They were planted by veterans hoping to pay tribute their fellow comrades.
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And as Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells us --the root of these flowers has an even deeper meaning.
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That's right Jean, For some local veterans planting these flowers is about much more than honoring the D-Day veterans --in a way it's therapy for many of them. ((ROLLCUE:...))
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(( With each plant they sow --veterans Samuel Rhodes and David Jasper say they can't help but remember the sacrifice of those who fought in D-Day.
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((DAVID JASPER: WE PLANT SO MANY OF THEM. SOMETIMES YOU GET TO THINKING I'M PLANTING ONE FOR EACH MAN THAT DIED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT)) [RUNS07]
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In fact, some of the flowers these veterans have planted have symbolic meaning. Like the poppie -- this flower was blooming in the field in Normandy during the time of the invasion.
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((SAMUEL:IT'S A HISTORY HERE. I WANT TO BE PART OF THIS HISTORY FROM THE WORK I'VE DONE OUT HERE. I'D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT D-DAY)) [RUNS09]
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But for these men, their work at the D-Day Memorial is more than just about honoring veterans.
It's also a chance to improve themselves through the Compensated Work Therapy program at the VA Medical Center.
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((WE HAVE THE GREEN HOUSE PROGRAM, WE ALSO HAVE A FURNITURE REPAIRS SHOP THAT ARE PART OF THE PROGRAM. VETERANS WORK HERE TO EARN MONEY AND GET CAREER COUNSELING)) [RUNS10]
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But the program is also designed to help the veterans help themselves through a structured work environment by building self-esteem and communication skills. The ultimate goal is employment in the community.
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((SAMUEL:IT'S THERAPY FOR ME BECAUSE OF THE BEAUTY OF IT. AND WHAT I GO THROUGH WITH MY DEPRESSION. I DON'T HAVE MY DEPRESSION RIGHT NOW. IT'S THERAPEUTIC FOR ME FOR THAT REASON)) [RUNS12]
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((DAVID JASPER: I THINK IT'S TO GET YOURSELF TOGETHER MORE. TO START DEALING WITH SOME ISSUES THAT MAYBE YOU HAVEN'T DEALT WITH)) [RUNS07]
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And the veterans say knowing they are helping to make the D-Day Memorial even more beautiful -- is a great reward in itself.
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And as part of the program --the veterans will now be responsible for providing weekly maintence to all the flower beds at the Memorial.
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Jean,




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The towns of Altavista and Rocky Mount are still reeling from a major economic blow.
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Lane Furniture announced yesterday its closing its plants in Altavista and Rocky Mount, citing cheaper labor costs in other countries.
Nearly a thousand workers will lose their jobs by the end of the summer. Town Leaders in Altavista hope a consultant will help attract new businesses to the area.
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The Lane closing comes on the heels of A-O Smith closing its Altavista plant and eliminating nearly three hundred jobs. The town itself also reduced its work force by nearly 25-percent back in March.
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Lane Furniture employees in Rocky Mount say they'll have to move out of the area to find another job.
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More than 500 workers from Rocky Mount will be let go beginning August fourth.
Employees say the Franklin County economy isn't strong enough to support them anymore. And, even though, many will have a job at Lane until August, most say they'll begin looking for a new job right away.


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A 25 year old Axton man was shot to death last night. The body of Sykolin (suh-COLIN) Tinsley was found lying on State Route 57 in Henry County around one- thirty this morning. Sheriff's deputies have charged 19 year old Johnnie Spencer of Martinsville with first degree murder.

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An old bridge is getting a new look in the Rockbridge County town of Goshen.
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A steel truss bridge built in the 1890's is going to be renovated.
It will retain its original appearance, but be much stronger.
The bridge spans the Calf-pasture River, and was built to carry horse drawn carriages and electric street cars.
The two-point-one million dollar project will take about a year to finish.
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Today's amateur draft in major league baseball turned out to be a dream come true experience for Cave Spring pitcher Tyler Lumsden. The hard throwing lefty was selected in the 5th round by the Florida Marlins.
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Mike Stevens will have more with Lumsden tonight on News 7 at Six.

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The D-Day invasion evokes memories of death and destruction for many.
And yet the end result was an enormous success. Europe was liberated.
In 1994 News 7's Keith Humphry followed Virginia veterans of the campaign in France, as they re-lived their victory.


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((American troops have taken the Frenchtown of St. Lo for a week of fierce fighting. These are actually Frenchmen, that portray American soldiers of the 29th, but just imagine those are our boys from VA, Maryland re-enacting the dramatic liberation after 4 years of German occupation. It was more than a month after D-Day. They were finally on the move inland. Our boys were back in St. Lo today to do some re-enacting and rejoicing for themselves, interacting with French school children to celebrate.... ((LE JOUR DU DEBARQUEMENT.)) ((WHEN AMERICANS COME TO FRANCE TO LIBERATE THE FRENCH FROM THE GERMANS.)) Children's from St. Lo have learned their history lessons. These men from southwest Virginia are basking in the gratitude of yet another generation. ((ADVANCER ET TOUIER. ADVANCER SEPT.)) The ones who are old enough to remember have been telling this story for 50 years, and yet it is living history. ((JE L'AI TROUVEE LA SEMAINE DERMERE)) He says he found this bullet in the farm yard last week. The building still bares the scars of a week-long battle half a century ago. When bus loads of 29ers returned to the battlefields this afternoon, signs of French hospitality were flowing freely. A bottle was quickly drained but some of the Hometown Vets were a little leery of the camera's gaze. ((WHAT WOULD MY PREACHER SAY?)) What was the drink? ((LIGHTER FLUID)) They were in Martinville, a ridge just above St. Lo where major Thomas Howe lost his life liberating the town. ((HE DIED IN MY ARMS.)) The ceremony in the place that bares his name honored him as the man who devised the plan of night attack. ((GREAT GUY, GREAT SOLDIER.)) All of this in the middle of what they call perfect D-Day weather: cold and wet. Keith Humphry, News 7.))
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