ABILENE, Kan -

The Eisenhower Museum in Abilene had a special event for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Their lawn was lined with impersonators, tanks and other WWII related memorabilia. They also brought in a number of guests who were in Normandy. One of them was former tank driver Jack Ford. His tank sank and he was forced to swim to safety that day.

"When I got there I just had to drop," Ford said. "I swallowed so much salt water my stomach felt like it was on fire."

He says he still remembers it  and says it is important for people to remember their history and the people involved.

"I was on that beach on D-Day 16 hours, so I saw the whole thing," Ford said. "A lot of good men wounded or killed."

Ford got the chance to see the exact tank model, the Sherman Tank, that he drove that day. His great-grandson even got to sit inside.

The weekend also featured a remembrance ceremony, exhibits and a film.