Bonaire man reenacts D-Day jump in France

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of June 6th, 1944, the D-Day invasion during World War II.

Jim Micko of Bonaire left Sunday for Normandy, France as part of the Liberty Jump team that will be reenacting the parachute landing during D-Day.

Micko will be making the jumps out of a C-47 Dakota aircraft nicknamed "Whiskey 7" that was actually used in the second wave of paratroopers from the the 82nd Airborne Division over St. Mere Eglise, France.

The suit will be similar to the 1942 flight suit, but the parachutes will be modern for safety purposes.

Throughout the week, Micko will be doing 4 jumps. He says the experience is even more meaningful as fewer members of the Greatest Generation remain.

Micko says during the actual D-day invasion, paratroopers would have carried around 150 pounds worth of gear, and would often have to trek through water after deploying before making to land.

He wants the reenactment jumps to show people the incredible feats soldiers went through during World War II.

"I believe what you'll see is these fellas looking up in the sky when we make our jump going 'That's what I did 70 years ago and I'm glad somebody's telling my story.'" Micko says.

Micko will be in France until June 11th. President Obama has announced he will also be making a trip to commemorate the June 6th anniversary.

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