July 4, 2003 |
Independence Day has had many meanings for me as the years have flown by. Growing up in Atlantic City, I looked forward to the first week of July as a time of getting together with summer friends whose parents rented an apartment in our Inlet neighborhood every year - for as short as a week, or as long as a month. Our friendships blossomed anew each July, and we bade sad farewells when the time came for them to return to their "real" homes. They envied me because I got to stay at "America's Favorite Playground" year-round, and I envied them because most had their own bedrooms and did not have to share with a half-dozen siblings.
June 13, 1994 |
Michael Sheplock timed it just right Saturday night. He turned on his radio just as Darren Daulton stepped to the plate. That was when Harry Kalas announced that Daulton was batting for Sheplock in the Daily News Home Run Payoff Contest. Daulton's fifth-inning home run couldn't keep the Phillies from losing to the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, but but it did make Sheplock $1,000 richer. "I always listen to the radio, and when he hit it I said, 'Uh-oh.' I knew it was gone, gone, gone.
May 3, 1987 |
I see lots of articles about the French Riviera, but I understand that the coast of Normandy is even more fashionable in summer. There are supposed to be all sorts of events and attractions there, and I remember seeing scenes of this area in the movie "Gigi. " Can you tell me anything about it? The coastal cities of Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville, and the Normandy beaches that were the scenes of the D-Day landings in World War II, are among France's most popular vacation sites.
February 15, 2004 |
In October 2002, my wife and I enjoyed a two-week tour through France. Every day was filled with memorable moments, but my experience at the American Military Cemetery in Normandy will stay with me longest. Stunning in its simple, organized beauty, the cemetery is precisely laid out on grass trimmed as smoothly as a golf course fairway's. Row upon row of brilliant white grave markers flow across the gently undulating landscape, which overlooks the sea across which all these brave men traveled to their untimely deaths.
May 27, 1994 |
"Soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces! You are about to embark upon the great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave allies and brothers-in-arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe and security for ourselves in a free world!"
May 28, 2014 |
ARMY VETERAN Harry Snyder used to have the letter the French schoolteacher sent to his mother in Philadelphia asking if he'd survived the war. He can't find it anymore. It's been 70 years. Snyder, 92, doesn't know if his mother ever wrote the man back. He doesn't know if the teacher who invited him to his home for dinner when he was a young soldier ever knew that, unlike so many others, he made it out alive. A group of young filmmakers from the Philly suburbs is hoping to give Snyder the chance to find that schoolteacher and to visit France, which he last saw during the Invasion of Normandy 70 years ago. "This isn't like going to the mall or something," Snyder said.
June 7, 2013 |
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history's largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day's 69th anniversary. Around two dozen U.S. vets, some in their old uniforms pinned with medals, stood and saluted during a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where a U.S. cemetery holds the remains of Americans who died during the vicious battle to storm the French beach under withering Nazi fire.
June 6, 1994 |
Today, we celebrate the spectacular achievements, and honor the tremendous sacrifice, of D-Day - June 6, 1944. But the retelling of the massive invasion - 5,000 ships, 20,000 vehicles, 150,000 soldiers on June 6 alone - will be incomplete if we do not also recall that D-Day's success was made possible by a counterintelligence operation so well-planned and coordinated that it remains to this day a standard of excellence. British security forces were remarkably successful in detecting German spies sent to infiltrate the United Kingdom.
April 26, 1994 |
In late May, they will begin to depart for the battlefield. Only this time, no one is ordering them to go. They will be driven by needs of their own. "I want to see the beachhead again, plus the cemetery with all the guys I left behind," said Anthony DiStephano, now retired from the post office in Trenton. "Somehow, it gives me a sense of peace to go back," said Norvin Nathan, a lawyer from Bristol. "It is the one place in the entire world where I know I really accomplished something.
May 23, 2004 |
In May 2000, while taking part in a sand sculpture competition in Hardelot, France, on the English Channel, John Gowdy dug up a strip of barbed wire that got him thinking about history. During World War II, the Germans had fortified the coast, and wire such as this, he determined, greeted the Allied soldiers who stormed ashore on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. "Here's an event that happened on a beach that everyone knows about, and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be something to reenact this thing on the sand they actually died on, that their blood was shed on?