Lester Holt touched down in France this morning, and will anchor NBC Nightly News live from Normandy tonight and tomorrow, June 6, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 5, 2019
The Wednesday and Thursday editions of Nightly will focus almost entirely on the Allied Forces’ invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. Tonight’s broadcast will feature interviews with World War II veterans, an interview with some North Carolina students who raised money to help send vets to Normandy for the anniversary, and a look at Holt’s trip to Airborne Museum in Sainte Marie Egilse, the town that was liberated from the Nazi’s 75 years ago.
These North Carolina high school students raised $25K to send the two veterans on the right back to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. They all made an emotional visit to Omaha Beach today. We’ll bring you their story tonight on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/mX48xATN0Z
— Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) June 5, 2019
Thursday’s edition of Nightly will feature interviews with more veterans, as well as a special piece on the legacy of the Greatest Generation, which includes contributions from Tom Brokaw.
In addition to anchoring Nightly News, Holt will anchor a commemorative D-Day event from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial tomorrow from 5 – 6:30 a.m. ET. After the memorial ceremony, he’ll contribute to Today show.
NBC News puts a ton of resources into covering the major D-Day anniversary years. Brian Williams has anchored NBC News’ D-Day anniversary coverage from Normandy in recent years, and now is Holt’s time.
Holt is no stranger to covering D-Day. Here’s video of him in 2004 as an MSNBC newser, anchoring coverage of the invasion as if it were happening in real time.