These honored dead

Here in 1944 Europe was liberated by the heroism of the Allied forces. — Inscription on a commemorative stele overlooking the port of Avranches, France Operation Overlord, the code name for the Allied invasion of Europe, began on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with a combined assault on the coast of Normandy ... Continue reading

French connections

I went to France in search of my father's roots. I've written once before about my quest to uncover my grandfather's story. My brother and I have been sleuthing through online genealogical records and have finally assembled a pretty solid family history of the French branch of the tree, going ... Continue reading

The longest day

It is the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the assault on the beaches of Normandy, France, where 160,000 Allied soldiers clawed their way through Nazi-occupied strongholds and began the liberation of Europe. On Monday, go to your local library and check out Cornelius Ryan's classic account of that ... Continue reading