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Friday, 6/6

Air date 06/06/14
Segment 1:
 
Mississippians around the state are taking time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War Two invasion of Normandy today. The invasion, known as D-Day, marked a turning point in what would become one of the bloodiest wars in history, and Natchez resident McKinley Barnes was there. As a private in a transportation and supply unit, he joined the second wave loading and unloading ships.  Barnes tells MPB' Paul Boger about his service.
 
Segment 2:
 
On this day 70 years ago, over 150-thousand Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France.  Dr. Bill Storey is Chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College, and an expert in the history of the World Wars.  He tells our Paul Boger about the historical context of D-Day, and how it affected the course of the second World War.
 
Segment 3: 
 
Since tornadoes struck Mississippi over a month ago, Tupelo has been in full recovery mode.  Now, with Elvis lovers from around the world descending on the city, organizers of the annual Tupelo Elvis Festival are hoping to give residents some much-needed rest and recuperation.  Jessica Hollinger tells our Ezra Wall about this weekend's festivities.


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