National D-Day Memorial Moving Ahead with Stalin Bust

The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving ahead with plans to place a bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin at the Bedford memorial over protests from some veterans and volunteers.

Foundation President William McIntosh says the bust should be in place by the end of the summer.

The foundation already placed busts of Allied leaders such as presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill because of their mutual opposition to Hitler's Germany.

McIntosh says the bust is not to honor Stalin, who is believed to have had roughly 700,000 citizens executed during late 1930s.

The memorial honors those who fought and died during the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II on June 6, 1944.

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