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Remembering June 6, 1944

In journalism on June 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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Today is D-Day. It’s too late to do anything about it in our own newspapers and websites, but it’s never too late to remember. (By the way, our own papers did some great D-Day features. In Sierra Vista, there is a local guy who was on the beach that day. In Green Valley, there is a British native who lived through the Blitz. In Ontario, an Army Air Corps vet says he was in the bunker shortly after Hitler died!)

You can find a lot of interesting journalism from that fateful day on the Internet, of course. Much of it was localizing the events of the day and will look pretty familiar to us. Here’s the lede from reporter Sam Moss at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

There were no cheers and no hurrahs.

For one thing, Louisville learned of the invasion of France piecemeal. Most citizens were sound asleep when the story reached the city today about 3 a.m.

For another, it was not a matter for hurrahing. To many of them it was the tugging of the heartstrings as hundreds of their sons, brothers, and husbands faced the grim reality of a beachhead landing in the big league of war.

There was Mrs. Annie Donaldson who was at the bus station to go home. She heard a taxicab radio. …

“I went into the lounge and got right down on my knees and prayed,” she said. “Just last week I got a letter from my boy. He was in England, waiting, and he wrote me, ‘Mother, when you hear the boys are on the way pray for us like you used to when I was a little boy and climbed up in your lap to go to sleep.’ I prayed and I cried. I just couldn’t help the crying and I didn’t want to help the praying.” …

A lot has changed over the last 70 years. But the human emotions and need to hear from our own neighbors in times of conflict remains.

Take time to remember D-Day today.

Clay

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