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WORLD
June 6, 2004 | From Reuters
Thousands of World War II veterans participated Saturday in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary today of the D-day landings in Normandy, amid one of the biggest security operations on French soil. About 30,000 soldiers were deployed to protect the weekend ceremonies, to be attended today by 17 world leaders, including President Bush and three monarchs.
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NEWS
June 6, 2004 | John Leicester, Associated Press Writer
The remembrance evening started with a head count: How many in the hall experienced the 1944 liberation of France? Of 400 people, barely three dozen hands went up. "There aren't many of us, are there?" said a hushed voice in the crowd. In Lisieux, as in other Normandy towns that took the brunt of the D-day invasion 60 years ago, the dwindling number of townspeople who experienced it are rushing to preserve their memories in a world transformed.
NEWS
June 6, 2004 | Stephen Manning, Associated Press Writer
A few months ago, 83-year-old William Walsh made a 100-mile round trip from his home in suburban Baltimore to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for the funeral of a man he didn't know. To Walsh, it didn't matter that he had never met the retired captain buried that day. Both had been part of the Army Ranger 2nd Battalion assault on the cliffs near Omaha Beach on D-day. That was enough.
OPINION
June 5, 2004
On June 5, 1944, along with a couple dozen other Army cadets, we were traveling along the roads in southern England, having visited the tank barracks at Bovington to view the new Churchill tank. Along the 20 miles or so of country roads, and as far as the eye could see, were GIs sitting, reclining, standing on both sides of the road, smoking, quietly pensive. Interspersed were their trucks waiting to take them to the ports for embarkation. It was a fine sunny day, and only now do I fully realize the debt that we owed those soldiers of the 1st Division.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
Television viewers may get a peculiar sense of time warp if they tune in to MSNBC at 5 p.m. today or 1 p.m. Sunday. For two hours, MSNBC's reporters and anchors will simulate how D-day might have been covered if modern technology were in place in 2004. Reporters will be stationed in France, Washington, London and elsewhere. Military experts will pore over maps in the studio and attempt to explain what is happening.
WORLD
June 5, 2004 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
As France prepares to welcome President Bush for weekend ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of D-day, the media here have been full of images of the GIs who helped liberate Europe from the Nazis in the blood and sand of Normandy. Inevitably, however, the coverage has juxtaposed photos and recollections of the combat on Omaha Beach with recent images of GIs in Iraq, especially the graphically documented abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison.
WORLD
June 4, 2004 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush arrived in Europe today to participate in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the D-day invasion, but his presence also heralded a new U.S. drive to mend relations that were badly frayed by the war in Iraq and to solicit broader support for efforts to rebuild that nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
It is time again, and not for the last time, to mark the anniversary (60 this year, astonishingly) of the Normandy invasion by the Allied Expeditionary Force, which the American mind reflexively regards as the beginning of the end of the Second World War -- the Russians, at least, might differ.
NEWS
May 16, 2004 | Mort Rosenblum, Associated Press Writer
The other D-Day is all but forgotten now on beaches where half-clad vacationers sip Sancerre in the sun. But former Staff Sgt. Richard Fisco, who landed here the hard way, remembers. "We were supposed to drop miles to the north, but by mistake in the fog, we jumped over water off St. Tropez," Fisco said. "I was screaming to God at the top of my lungs, 'Get me down on dry land!'
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