Local veteran remembers D-Day

It's been more than 70-years since Allied troops invaded Normandy, France, in order to fight Nazi Germany in World War II. One veteran in Austin shares his memories of D-Day.

Black and white photos tell the story of an 18-year-old man just beginning his adult life when he was shipped off to Europe in 1944.

On the 73rd anniversary of  D-Day, 92-year-old Frank Denius still remembers being a part of the Allied Forces that freed Europe from Hitler's Regime.

"The invasion was something that we knew was coming didn't know what day nor exactly where," Denius said.

All Denius knew was that he had to be ready. American soldiers stormed the beaches at Normandy carrying gear that weighed over 100 pounds.

A painting on Denius' wall captures what it was like during the Normandy invasion, now a field of white crosses in Normandy, France represents what he lost.

"My unit fought all the way through Normandy, Northern France, Western France and then we moved to Belgium," Denius said.

Life in the 30th Infantry came to an end for Denius. He is now an attorney, lover of all things UT football and an author. He wants this generation to recall history and understand freedom.

"You never know what freedom means to you until you lost it so I'm hoping the generation now will respect the freedom that America provides for them," Denius said.

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