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D-Day ceremony hits close to home for Merrill veteran

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MADISON (WAOW) -- For some, D-Day is hard to talk about. But for Bud Schuman of Merrill, it's not.

"I talk about it every so often to anyone that will listen," said Schuman.

Schuman and his battalion joined the D-Day invasion June 7, 1944, a day after 160,000 allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy.

"When I came back and we landed, there were still bodies floating around in the water," said Schuman.

D-Day changed American history.

"That's the day that started the end of Nazi Germany," said John Scocos, the Department of Veteran Affairs secretary.

It's a day Schuman says he'll never forget.

"After we landed, they really couldn't stop us," said Schuman.

In a fitting tribute, hundreds of people packed the rotunda inside the state capitol. It was a ceremony fit for those heroes.

"I think it's important for other people to remember it," said Schuman. "I have no problem remembering it myself."

"They went to war as young men and came back as adults with a lot of memories and set the world straight," said Scocos.

It's those memories, Schuman says, that can never be forgotten no matter where you are.

"I'd like to have been over in Normandy today but I couldn't do that, so I came here," said Schuman.

What he says, was the next best thing.

Schuman is 94 years old. He says through the years a lot has changed, but his memories about D-Day and the war have not.

He says it's important to talk about history because it's a way to never forget.

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