COLUMBIA, S.C. — A Richland County Sheriff's Deputy paid a special honor to D-Day Soldiers last month.
June 6th, 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a day where American troops and their Allies took the fight to Germany in Normandy, France during World War II.
Paul "Raisins" Waldner has been a Reserve Deputy for the Richland County Sheriff's Department for four years.
Last month, he traveled to Normandy, France as part of a contingent of parachutists jumping over Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.
Waldner says the trip was a lifelong goal.
"It's something I've been working on ever since I came back to the United states after being abroad for a long time," Waldner says. "It was something that I have always wanted to do, those men changed the world, and I wanted to be there to see what that was all about."
According to Waldner, the parachutists were specifically honoring the American and British paratroopers who jumped during the early hours of June 6, 1944.
"It had a personal connection for me because we had two family members who were both in Europe in World War II," Waldner says. "To be in Normandy and have a chance to jump on those drop zones means everything to me."
Deputy Waldner says he will jump in the Nederlands this fall for The Mark of Guard event and he also plans to jump in Normandy again next summer.