I surfed on over to History.com and found what I was looking for. Here you can find veteran's stories, videos and interactive maps.
I've written before about Greenwood Cemetery here in Shreveport. It's not far from my house and Steve and I visit there occasionally because there's a huge veteran's section; plus, I have some family buried there. One day a few weeks ago we decided it had been a while since we'd gone through there so we pulled in, got out of the car and started walking through the veterans section reading headstones.
The veterans buried there are from the Spanish American war on up to current times. I've mentioned before, we found several with "Purple Heart" notations on their headstones. I'm always curious about their stories. Every one of those people buried there has a story. I wish I knew them all.
I'm particularly interested in the Kelley (brothers?). I posted on these two not long ago. We stopped at these graves first because we noticed that they both had the same last name ("Oh how sad for this family to lose two sons in the same year!") and on closer inspection, Steve gasped and said, "Oh no! He died on D-day!"
Bose F. Kelley died on D-day, June 6, 1944. William G. Kelley, (his brother?) died on November 10, 1944.
I've tried to do some online research on them but come up pretty empty. I found this:
...but I can't swear it's the same guy because the date of death isn't the same as what's on his stone. I have found record of Bose F. Kelley here. He was part of the 507 parachute infantry regiment; their mission was to drop near Amfreville and "hold the La Fiere causeway in support of the 505th PIR." They were to hold a defensive line between Gourbesville and Le-Hameau Renouf. You can read about the mission here and here. Here is one soldier's testimony of that day. Here is the site of the son of one of the members of the 507th with pictures and information about that day.
I wish I knew the Kelley's stories. They have surviving family here somewhere; somebody goes out there regularly and places flowers. They are not forgotten. I went to the cemetery this morning and left a flag for them both. I'd have left one for every other veteran but Steve would give me the evil eye if he knew I was walking around that cemetery alone and unprotected.
At any rate, today is D-Day and is another wonderful opportunity to pay tribute and remember. Go here to read some stories of D-Day veterans. Go to a cemetery and place a flag. Hang out your own flag at your home. Watch a rerun of Band of Brothers. Visit a veteran's home. But take time to remember.
Also: Jules Crittenden has a D-Day post.
Added: Hot Air has a post.
If you have a D-Day post, email me and I'll link it.
Update: A Tulsa veteran shares his story.
Right in Florida had the same trouble I did finding any media coverage of the D-Day anniversary. Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel? C'mon.
The Other McCain has a D-Day post remembering the Bedford Boys.
My Bossier posts and links back.
SWAC Girl posts and links to a veteran's story from Chesterfield County, VA.