“They were really just boys….”

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Today is U.S. Memorial Day. The Old Farmer’s Almanac explains it:

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

That includes, of course, remembering and honoring those killed in World War II:

U.S. troops in Normandy, France, summer 1944. [U.S. Army photo. Public domain.]
U.S. troops in Normandy, France, summer 1944. Click to enlarge. [U.S. Army photo. Public domain.]

It is likely at least a couple of those in that photograph did not return home alive.

Excerpt from "Passports," on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.
Excerpt from “Passports,” on the iPad app for Kindle. Click to expand.

So memories of them from those who encountered any there are worth their weight in gold.

A few of the U.S. dead interred in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Center – and at 61 much older than “the boys” around him – is the grave of Lieutenant General Lesley McNair. One of the highest-ranking U.S. officers to die in the war, he was killed in Normandy on July 25, 1944. [Photo by me, 1995.]

Have a good day, wherever you are in the world.

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