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June 7th, 2012
02:48 PM ET

Only In America: An 86-year-old high school graduate

In Wednesday evening's edition of "Only in America," Piers Morgan recognized the importance of an occasion known worldwide simply as "D-Day."

"Exactly 68-years-ago today, at precisely 6:30 a.m., the world was saved," said Morgan, referring to June 6th, 1944, the morning of which British, Canadian, and U.S. forces made an amphibious landing on the coast of France.

"As the mission was unfolding, [Winston] Churchill addressed the House of Commons. Praising General Eisenhower, he said 'There is a brotherhood in arms between us and our friends of the United States.'"

In honor of the occasion often credited for being instrumental in changing the course of the Second World War, "Life" magazine has recently released some colorful photographs, depicting images from that era.

Describing the pictures, Morgan notes a "group of G.I.'s marching alongside flowers in bloom," references as "a band of brothers stops in the french countryside to take a picture with two young women and a girl," and points out that "American soldiers guard German prisoners of war."

A native-Englishman having recently relocated to the United States, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host crunches the numbers, explaining that more than 20-million combined Americans and Brits served in World War II, each deserving of praise and recognition:

"All the heroes – here in America and in the U.K. are heroes in the truest sense of the word."

Introducing his audience to 86-year-old Jack Fletcher, Morgan tells the tale of a Texan who left home before finishing high school, so as to go off to war and fight for his country:

"He never had the opportunity to graduate," revealed the host. "Until last week."

Honoring a pledge he'd made to himself years ago, Fletcher made his way back to the Lone Star State, finishing what he started some 70 years prior.

Only in America, reminds Morgan: "To him, to everyone who served from the Greatest Generation, we all owe our eternal gratitude. You risked your lives, you gave your lives, all in the name of freedom."

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