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Middle TN veterans commemorate 70th anniversary of D-Day

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Middle Tennessee veterans and their families paused Friday to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day, swap stories and enjoy a meal together at the Fontanel Mansion.

Though the war happened an ocean away, much of the training happened in the Volunteer State.

During World War II, some 800,000 soldiers trained on the farms and fields of Middle Tennessee, from Lebanon to Tullahoma, and Gen. George Patton's troops practiced marching in Middle Tennessee.

Plus, scientists at Oak Ridge Laboratory in East Tennessee separated the uranium needed to fuel the first atomic bomb.

U.S. Rep Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, whose father was governor of Tennessee during World War II, delivered the keynote address for the event Friday, and a dignitary from France presented an official "thank you" from the French people.

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