LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy 69 years ago today gaining a significant victory over Nazi Germany.
News 3's Sandra Gonzalez found one veteran in the valley who was there that day and shared memories that remain fresh in his mind.
Onofrio Zicari, who goes by Nono, was only 19 when he joined the Army, and remembers D-Day.
“Scary, scary, really scary,” Zicari said.
While he pushed forward in the daring operation, some of his friends didn't make it.
“Father Flanigan, I guess his name was Father Flanigan. He was giving the last rites to the boys. We were putting them on the trucks just tossing them on there. Get them on. And he was crying. He says you treat my boys the way they're supposed to be treated, lay them down side by side,” he said.
Zicari says he can't put into words what war is, except that too many lives were lost. He and his brothers took so many pictures of their times together in the war, like ‘Facebook’ of the '40's, that he has proudly displayed in his home. He says while D-Day is very significant in history, he says veterans of later wars are the heroes.
“The men that were in Vietnam and Korea, man I feel sorry for them. I think I’ve had it easy compared to what they went through. I mean what Vietnam and Korea went through; I wouldn’t want any part of that,” Zicari said.
At 90, Nono is very healthy and loves making things with wood and metal, but it's not easy to hear his friends from war keep dying. And every June 6.
“I'll remember D-Day, I’ll always reminisce,” he said.
And he holds on to the memories that he has from so long ago that impacted the world that all started on the shores of France.
More than 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
There’s still no exact number on how many lives were lost, but estimates place the number at more than 4,000.