Most weren't there June 6, 1944, but they know the value of that day.
Hundreds stood Sunday morning at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford for those who fell for our freedom.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen gave the keynote speech, but the one keying up the notes is 92-year-old Ralph E. Shank.
Shank said before he picked up the baton Sunday to guest conduct the band.
"I'm always afraid that I'm going to screw up or something like that," said Shank before he picked up the baton Sunday to guest conduct the D-Day band. "Oh, I wouldn't say I'm too excited. It's nice to get back."
He'll shrug is shoulders, laugh and say, "I don't know anything." Shank is probably the humblest band conductor you will ever meet.
"These are the band," he pointed out in an old, framed picture. In the sepia-tinted photo, he stands at the midpoint of the long line of band members. "The 116th Infantry band that was conducted into federal service."