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WWII Veteran Returns From Normandy Beaches For 70th Anniversary

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Last month, we brought you the story of Bob Powell, a local World War Two veteran who returned to the beaches of Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Last month, we brought you the story of Bob Powell, a local World War Two veteran who returned to the beaches of Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
YAKIMA, WA - Last month, we brought you the story of Bob Powell, a local World War Two veteran who returned to the beaches of Normandy for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Bob returned home from his trip this week. This is one of the beautiful medals Bob received during his two week trip to Normandy. Bob had a very busy trip, from standing just feet away from President Obama and Vladimir Putin to being honored nearly everywhere he went.

Just days ago, Bob Powell took his first trip back to the sandy beaches of Normandy, France. He was met with a party in his honor. 

"They put on a great great show," Bob Powell said. "All three or four beaches for a hundred miles. Every little town had a celebration bigger than any 4th of July you've ever seen here."

Bob talked about the moment he first saw Omaha Beach since that violent day in 1944.
"When I walked up on top of the ridge above the beach and looked on top of the pillbox," Bob said. "I just thought about what we had faced 70 years ago there."

The experience also included sharing a stage with the world's most powerful people. Bob sat just feet away from President Obama and infamous Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

"Putin got a little booing by somebody," Bob joked. "The queen got the great celebration and hoorah when she rolled in."

But it was Bob who was treated like a king. Just look at all the momentos he brought back! 

"You see all the gifts I have on the table," Bob said. "Everybody was giving me something. I'm an official policeman for some town. I'm not sure which one."

The most memorable moment of Bob's trip was visiting a World War Two cemetery near the Normandy beaches.

"I saw the grave, the cross of a good buddy that had got killed," Bob said. "You know you got memories of the guy. It's been 70 years but you don't forget him."

Returning to the place where his life took such a dramatic turn is something Bob says was worth the trip. 
"It was just a great great time."

Bob also said something that really touched him was the hospitality and gratitude of the French people. It really sounds like the trip of a lifetime. 
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