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Bust of Penobscot Nation veteran to be unveiled

Jun. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

A bronze bust of a Penobscot Nation tribal elder who stormed the beach on D-Day will be installed in Normandy, France. The Charles Shay Indian Memorial will be placed at Omaha Beach on Saturday in honor of the World War II veteran, Bangor Daily News reported. Shay served as a combat medic and is credited with...

A man in a vintage US WWII uniform walks at sunrise prior to a D-Day 76th anniversary ceremony in Saint Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Due to coronavirus measures many ceremonies and memorials have been cancelled in the region with the exception of very small gatherings. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Pandemic makes for a lonely D-Day observance in Normandy

Jun. 6, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military history that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II. Compared...

WW2 Museum, road race team up for 'Liberty Road Challenge'

Jun. 6, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National WWII Museum and the organization that puts on an annual road race in New Orleans are collaborating on a challenge to honor the museum’s 20th anniversary and the Allied route to liberate France in 1944. The Liberty Road Challenge will run from July 5 through Sept. 10,...

British expatriate Steven Oldrid, center, carries wooden crosses with names of WWII dead as he walks to the local war cemetery in Benouville, Normandy, France on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Due to coronavirus measures many relatives and veterans will not make this years 76th anniversary of D-Day. Oldrid will be bringing it to them virtually as he places wreaths and crosses for families and posts the moments on his facebook page. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

One man lays wreaths in Normandy on this unusual D-Day

Jun. 6, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

BENOUVILLE, France (AP) — The essence of war remembrance is to make sure the fallen are never forgotten. All it takes is a wreath, a tiny wooden cross, a little token on a faraway grave to show that people still care about their fallen hero, parent or grandparent. This year, though, the pandemic stepped...

World War II D-Day veteran and Penobscot Elder from Maine, Charles Norman Shay poses on the dune overlooking Omaha Beach prior to a ceremony at his memorial in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, Friday, June 5, 2020. Saturday's anniversary of D-Day will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever, as the coronavirus pandemic is keeping almost everyone away, from government leaders to frail veterans who might not get another chance for a final farewell to their unlucky comrades. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (AP) — At least the dead will always be there. All too many have been, for 76 years since that fateful June 6 on France's Normandy beaches, when allied troops in 1944 turned the course of World War II and went on to defeat fascism in Europe in one of the most remarkable feats...

A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

Jun. 4, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that the Philippines is not going through unrest like America, which would make the coronavirus quarantine enforcement formidable. Duterte made the remarks during a...

FILE- In this June 6, 2020 file photo, an emotional Stephen Ambrose, the National D-Day Museum founder, acknowledges applause as he is introduced at opening ceremonies for the museum in New Orleans. Director Steven Spielberg applauds at right as Tom Brokaw of NBC News applauds at center left. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. The National D-Day Museum was designated the National World War II museum a few years after it opened. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, file)

COVID-19 puts National WWII Museum 20th anniversary online

Jun. 4, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans was planning on a 20th anniversary crowd of thousands. Now it's working to avoid crowds by selling a limited number of scheduled tickets and holding all anniversary commemorations - including an annual D-Day...