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Saving Stories: Memorial Day a time to remember men and women who never saw home again

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A visitor carrying a red rose walks among graves at the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Saturday June 6, 2015, on the 71th anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many thousands of Allied troops began landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France in 1944 at the start of a major offensive against the Nazi German forces, an offensive which cost the lives of many thousands.(AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Memorial Day is a federal holiday where we pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who died defending our country. In this special edition of WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories, Nunn Center director Doug Boyd tells us about their collection of powerful stories about war and remembrance. Louis Stockton Bower served as a company commander in the Army, and trained troops in the United States before he was sent to Europe. After amphibious training in England, he took part in the invasion of Normandy, where his division was almost entirely annihilated by the Germans. Bower describes his encounters with injured Americans, an enemy soldier disguised as an American, and a young German he killed in battle.

Listen to the full interview below:


The Louis Stockton Bower interview is just one in the Nunn Center's extensive World War II collection:


Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.