In 1944, on the 50th anniversary of D-Day, I visited Normandy. I was on a bicycle -- bike from Paris, DC-10 from Boston (FedEx).
Had some of the most extraordinary encounters of my life there. So emotional, I'm reluctant to take my wife next time.
On June 7, the day after President Clinton and the bigwigs departed, they admitted French citizens. I was standing in an assembled crowd of them, as an American college choir sang. When they sang the Navy Hymn, I cried openly — who wouldn't?. The French weren't familiar with the song stared.
Not only for Americans but also for many Europeans the events of WW II are still having a profound effect on our lifes.
It is good to remember the freedom we are enjoying now is only possible because of the efforts of many brave man and women.
Many lifes were lost, often from very young soldiers.
They deserve to be remembered with great respect and gratitude.