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D-Day, 6 June, 70 years later
On the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion of D-Day, the 6th of June 1944, I went to the WWII Memorial in downtown DC to get a few photos. I had missed the commemoration ceremony that morning, but I did see the wreaths laid at the Freedom Wall, one from each Allied nation that fought in WWII, and had died on the beaches of France that day. I love the WWII memorial, for its subtle and no-nonsense tribute to a straightforward, no-nonsense generation that fought and destroyed the militaristic and totalitarian dreams of conquest, at a terrible cost. For their sacrifice we can’t give enough thanks, and it’s good that we can honor them while many are still with us. Their remaining time with us is now far too short, and I wish that anyone who knows a WWII veteran will take time to thank them.