(WXYZ) - Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when 150,000 allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy that led to the end of World War II, Nazi Germany and its dictator Adolph Hitler.
In Michigan, about 34,000 veterans are still alive. That's down about 5,000 from last year.
A special ceremony was held today at the Arsenal of Democracy Museum on 9 Mile Road in St. Clair Shores.
7 Action News reporter Jim Kiertzner talked with Arno Whitbread who is 93 years old and was in the air in the 101st Airborne on D-Day.
He also fought on the ground, shooting a 37 mm canon that damaged his hearing. He spent 5 weeks in the hospital after a head injury. He was put back in his unit after recovering.
Stanley Kokuba, 90, started fighting in World War II when he was 19. He has spent years talking to school students about the importance of the war.
Several vehicles are on display in the museum that were made in the Motor City to fight the war. The Arsenal of Democracy Museum is open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm during the summer.