Postcard from Normandy


Reminders of D-Day on June 6, 1944, make Juno Beach in Normandy a hallowed place.


More than 9,000 Americans are buried at Saint-Laurent cemetery near Omaha Beach.


A memorial on Omaha Beach pays tribute to the soldiers who came ashore here.

This is when travel becomes so much more than a trip. When I recall that today is the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, I remember walking on the hallowed ground in Normandy where so many soldiers gave their lives on this day — and during the long invasion that followed. I’ve seen the beaches, looked out over the English Channel, walked among the craters that were never filled in and among the many markers that remember each fallen soldier.

“I started out to cross the beach with thirty-five men and only six got to the top, that’s all.”

—Lt. Robert Edlin, 2nd Ranger Battalion