AARP Honors the Normandy Invasion's 75th Anniversary with 'Letters from D-Day'


For the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy on June 6, AARP has put together three episodes in the organization's Battlefield Heroes series to honor the men who landed in France.

Actor Bryan Cranston ("Last Flag Flying," "Breaking Bad") narrates the series about one of the most important days of battle for the Allies in World War II. He also reads recently rediscovered letters from service members who documented their experiences of battle.

The footage is shown in 4K and in its original 4:3 aspect ratio, so it looks as good as it possibly can and the videos honor the original intention of those who shot it.

Episode #1: "The First Wave" (Land)

Cranston reads a letter written by Pfc. Dominick "Dom" Bart, who was part of the first wave of Operation Overlord. This video illustrates a letter he wrote to his wife, Mildred, recounting the horrific experience of war and survival.

Episode #2: "A Sky Full of Fire" (Air)

Cranston reads a letter written by Pfc. Jim "Pee Wee" Martin. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Unit Citation after the war. In 2014, he did his jump over Normandy again in honor of his fallen brothers.

Episode #3: "A Total Victory" (Sea)

Cranston reads a letter written by Ensign Jay Kay, U.S. Navy. Kay drove landing crafts onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He survived the war and became a dentist who practiced in Clearwater Beach, Florida, until his death in 1969.

AARP will premiere this video on its YouTube Channel on June 6.

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