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Group honors legacy of WWII veterans

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One local group is committed to preserving the legacy of World War II veterans. The Atlanta World War II Round Table honored the lives of our "Greatest Generation" on Thursday.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs more than 600 World War II veterans die each day in the United States.  

"They are dying at a high rate, most of the gentlemen and ladies that served are at least 88 years old," said Lee Weinstein, World War II Round Table's commander.  

Every month, veterans and civilians meet for the Atlanta World War II Round Table to carry on memories like 91-year-old Robert Spooner's. While serving in the Army in Europe, his division was in the first wave of soldiers that hit the beach on D-Day in 1944.  

"I thought about hearing the machine guns and thinking I've heard this noise before, but that was training but this was for real.  Men were falling all around me," Spooner said.

Fred Scheer, 88, was also there. The U.S. Army veteran was captured and sent to a German labor camp, but managed to escape. He reminds us of the duty of not just World War II soldiers, but all soldiers.

"Remember that they are all volunteers and all the people that are in the military and they are there to try to protect us," said Scheer.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says a little more than a million World War II veterans are still alive.  

The Atlanta World War II Round Table meets once a month to ensure the legacies and memories are preserved.

For more information, visit: http://atlantawwiiroundtable.org/

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