Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Photos, stories offer look back 70 years after D-Day

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If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.

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SLIDESHOW: D-Day Unfolds

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SLIDESHOW: Eisenhower

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– Michael Crichton

It’s the 70th anniversary of D-Day and we’ve got all sorts of features on those who were there, as well as historic photo slideshows of images from that longest day in June 1944.

I also received this postcard from my friend and yours, Ed Presnell, who had a special reason to see Europe this summer.

“Greetings from Berlin,” he wrote. “My sisters and I have just completed following our father’s World War II trail, based on U.S. Army journals, beginning at Omaha Beach, ending just before Berlin at Magdeburg. We traveled. 3,020 kilometers in 2½ weeks.”

THANKS, ED: You know, I asked my own father what he was doing on D-Day and he said he was 15 and plowing behind a mule on a neighboring farm. They invited him in for lunch and told him that we had invaded Europe. The reason my father was doing the plowing was that the farmer’s son was in the service and his parents were keeping up with war news.

MORE TRAVELS: Steve Blackmon, of Washington, Ga., sends a historic card from his hometown showing a mule-drawn trolley from about a century ago in one of my favorite Georgia towns. Steve says they called it the Street Railroad.

Corky and Debbie Holloway, of Evans, spent Memorial Day in Charlotte at the Motor Speedway and had a “beautiful time” at the Coca-Cola 600.

Barbara and Kelly Neal, Davidson, David and Katy Neal were in New York City where they saw “plays, museums, 9/11 Memorial ... just a few things they were doing on their visit.

Bobby and Julia Brown, of Grovetown, enjoyed “a gorgeous day in Yellowstone National Park. Staying at the Old Faithful Inn ... and our room overlooks the geyser.”

Regular correspondent Dick McCoppin, of Augusta, sends a card from Turner Field, where he took in a Braves game (they lost.)

And the Joy Class from Lakeside Baptist in Clearwater sent a card from the great time they’re having in Amish Country and Chocolate Country in Pennsylvania.

YOUR CARDS: If you’re traveling this summer, be sure to drop us a post card as we try to get all 50 states. Just send them to me at The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad Street, Augusta, 30901.

TODAY’S JOKE: A young man visiting a dude ranch wanted to appear like he knew what was going on, so he went out walking with one of the hired hands.

As they were sauntered through the barnyard, the visitor tried to begin a conversation, “Say, look at that big bunch of cows.”

The hired hand replied, “Not ‘bunch,’ but ‘herd.’”

“Heard what?”

“Herd of cows.”

“Sure, I’ve heard of cows ... there’s a big bunch of ‘em right over there.”


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