Vets observe 68th anniversary of D-Day

WATCH: ABC7's Gail Huff talks with World War II veterans Josephine and Murray Bussard who met during the war and will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary in two days.

World War II veterans from across the country are in the District to mark the 68th anniversary of D-Day today at the World War II Memorial.

At the memorial Wednesday morning, there was a warm welcome for dozens of veterans marking this special day in the nation’s capital.

It was 68 years ago today 160,000 American and allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy.

To thank the veterans, students from Ashland Elementary School in Manassas joined the veterans. The students made cards and letters for the veterans.

World War II veterans Josephine and Murray Bussard are commemorating the 68th anniversary of D-Day in side-by-side wheelchairs at the memorial honoring their service in the war that brought them together as husband and wife.

The octogenarians from Springfield, Mo., were among nearly 200 veterans who were flown in from six states on Wednesday for a visit to the World War II Memorial.

The Bussards made this journey two days before their 67th wedding anniversary.

The veterans' flights were arranged by the private Honor Flight Network. According to its website, the organization has flown more than 81,000 veterans to the nation's capital since 2005 to visit the memorials for their respective wars.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.