Raw: Paratroopers Join D-Day Commemoration

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Nearly a thousand paratroopers from several countries jumped in the skies over Normandy to close a week of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. (June 8)

SHOTLIST:

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France - June 8. 2014

1. Wide of paratroopers in sky after jumping from plane

2. Tracking shot of plane as paratroopers jump out

3. Medium of paratroopers in sky

4. Close of paratroopers in sky before landing

5. Wide of paratroopers in sky with plane dropping additional paratroopers above them

6. Zoom in on paratroopers in sky

7. Medium of paratroopers

8. Crowd watching

9. Close of two paratroopers landing

10. Various of paratroopers in the air and landing

11. Veteran Julian "Bud" Rice, C-47 pilot who participated in the airdrops on D-Day giving "OK" sign

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Julian "Bud" Rice, veteran C-47 pilot who participated in the airdrops on D-Day:

"It's good to see 800 paratroopers jump here today, but the night that we came in, we had 800 airplanes with 10-thousand paratroopers that we dropped that night, so it was a little more, and it was dark time, it wasn't daylight like this, but it was fun, wasn't it, Bill?"

13. Close-up cap reading (English) "USCG"

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Bill Prindible, veteran C-47 pilot who participated in the airdrops of Normandy on D-Day:

"Oh, yeah. Very impressive. You just have to imagine there'd be a squadron of 72 aircraft, 36 aircraft going by every time one of those guys went by."

15. Wide of veterans in tent watching show

16. Man wearing cap with embroidery reading (English) "American Ex-Prisoners of War"

17. Reverse of veteran paratrooper Joseph Morettini signing book

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Morettini, veteran paratrooper who jumped in the airdrops of Normandy on D-Day:

"When we jumped, we came down faster than that. I'll tell you. When we jumped we had a whole regiment, not a regiment, but a battalion the size of about 500 people and maybe more at one time. So the sky was filled up. I'm talking about even practice jumps. You know we did practice jumps out of planes and it was a lot bigger than what they did here."

19. Pan of spectator tent

STORYLINE:

Nearly a thousand paratroopers from several countries jumped in the skies over Normandy to close a week of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The landing area at La Fiere is near the historic village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first in France to be liberated by the Allies.

Massive crowds watched as planes carrying the military paratroopers from countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany flew above them.

Nearly two dozen parachutists jumped at every pass, but veterans who participated on the day said the scale of the real thing dwarfed Sunday's reenactment.

Veteran Julian "Bud" Rice, a C-47 pilot who participated in the airdrops of Normandy on D-Day and watched the show, drew comparisons to the actual event.

"It's good to see 800 paratroopers jump here today, but the night that we came in, we had 800 airplanes with 10-thousand paratroopers that we dropped that night, so it was a little more," said veteran Julian "Bud" Rice, a C-47 pilot who participated in the airdrops on D-Day.

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