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Sumter Police paid their respects to the 9,000 soldiers who died during D-Day, one of the most pivotal points of World War II.

If you were traveling through Sumter, you may have seen some new billboards.

"To allow those people that go to work and traverse those roads during the peak traffic time to if nothing but three seconds, stop and remember," Chief Russell Roark said.

Chief Roark and Sumter Police wanted to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most pivotal points of WWII.

"Even if you think about the individuals in their age; sailors, airmen, marines, soldiers being at the very early age this is probably going to be the last time on a mark such as 70 even to the 75th anniversary they'll be alive," he said.

On top of the billboards, Officers were also stationed on Broad Street.

"Having two officers standing at a position of attention, with our vehicle, with the flag, with the banner is certainly out of the norm and it catches the attention," Roark said.

Roark , who also served in the Army, said the people who gave the ultimate sacrifice are the main reason for our freedom.

"Because of what the military does everything that we're able to do as a society is because of the protection afforded to us by the military," Roark said.

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