Sixty-nine years ago more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. 

 

 
Landing on D-Day
Credit: the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Center for Diversity Education

 

 

Some 9,386 Americans never returned home, resting in the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. All the graves face west - toward America.

Last year, we spoke with 87-year old Andy Andrews from Black Mountain.

He stormed the beach.

Today at 4:30, we'll rebroadcast that interview as a tribute to Mr. Andrews and every hero who took part in that fight against tyranny... all the ones who came home... and all the people who did not.

Click this link to the photos Mountain Xpress' Max Cooper snapped during our interview.


Earnest "Andy" Andrews
Credit: the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Center for Diversity Education