Betty Bing and Dilly Morris hold a special honor at the Buckhead senior living facility they call home: the pair are the center’s only female veterans, both serving as Army nurses at the height of World War II.

On the 68th anniversary of the infamous US assault on Normandy, one’s reflection to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution captures the gravity of the moment American forces hit those French beaches:

“It was there where I learned that life is so special. And it was an honor to be part of the war and this country.”

– James Richardson