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Remembering D-Day: WWII veteran shares his thoughts on Nazism in modern America

Seventy four years ago Allied Forces stormed the northern beaches of France to retake Europe during World War II. Saturday World War II veterans were celebrated in the borderland with a dinner and parachute jump at the War Eagles Air Museum.

We asked a World War II veteran who fought in France and asked what he has to say about the nascent resurgence of Nazism in America.

With the National Anthem playing as skydivers jumped with the American flag, veterans looked on remembering the invasions of D-Day June 6, 1944. It’s been 74 years since the allied effort to retake Europe from the Axis Powers, including Nazi Germany.

It’s costly conflicts like these that Retired Lt. COl. Robert Chisale says need to be studied.

“I think it’s important we learn the history of our country. If we know the history of our country we’ll understand some of the conflicts we’re going through,” Chisale said.

As white nationalism shows up more in modern America, like the deadly rally in Charlottesville, some Americans are turning to Nazism and its philosophies. So we asked the man who fought Nazis what he recommends we do to keep those ideas in the past.

“It’s a matter of education. If we don’t educate these young people concerning the history of our country they won’t be informed. We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to make sure that these people are aware of the history of our country, what we’ve done, what we’ve accomplished,” Chisale said.

Chisale said he and other veterans are regularly asked by teachers to visit their classrooms and share stories with students firsthand.

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