HAMPTON, Va. — Seventy-five years ago on June 6, Allied forces turned the tide of tyranny in World War II.
It was D-Day.
"They fight not for the lust of conquest," said President Franklin D. Roosevelt. "They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate."
The heroes from that epic battle serve as an inspiration to the war-fighters of today.
For Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Demo Pilot, Captain Dojo Olson, Thursday would be the honor of a lifetime.
He was selected to be in the Heritage Flight flyover at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. on the 75th anniversary of the pivotal battle of World War II.
"I mean, it's an incredible honor. I don't even feel worthy to do it," he said. "The thing that strikes me about it, when you think back to that conflict, victory was not assured. Survival was not assured. It wasn't, we were just going to cake-walk through Europe. I can't even imagine what that must've been like."
Neither can F-22 Raptor Demo pilot, Major Loco Lopez.
"It's a humbling opportunity for me," he said. "I got goosebumps when they said I got a chance to do the Bedford, Virginia flyover because it's a commemoration for the greatest generation."
It would be a chance to pay tribute to those heroes who did whatever it took to make the freedoms of today possible.
"I think about the Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence," said Lopez. "They embodied those core values, of putting our nation's needs before themselves."
Or as General. Dwight D. Eisenhower said of the operation, "We will accept nothing less than full victory."
Fortunately, that's exactly how it worked out.