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WWII heroes return to Columbia from D-Day 70th anniversary in Normandy

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

22 South Carolina veterans are back in Columbia after a week-long trip to the beaches of Normandy where they earned the title of the Greatest Generation 70 years ago.

The vets returned stateside at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Tuesday afternoon.  Their plane got a rare water canon salute as it taxied down the runway.

Last week they made the trip back to the beaches of Normandy where thousands of their fellow soldiers died during June of 1944. 70 years later, they made the journey back to France. Many if not most of them will probably never see those beaches again.

People welcomed them back to American soil as they landed at the airport. As they passed down Interstate 77, the Rock Hill and Leslie Volunteer fire departments had a special tribute for them.

More than 20 American Legion motorcyclists and Richland County Sheriff's deputies escorted the bus into Columbia.

They were welcomed back to Columbia with a celebration Tuesday afternoon at Northeast Presbyterian Church on Polo Road.

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