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Teen climate activist gets Normandy's first Freedom Prize

Jul. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France's Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day anniversary. Thunberg, 16, received the award in Caen on Sunday, posing alongside D-Day veterans Charles Norman Shay and...

Dutch collector presents D-Day flag to US

Jul. 18, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's worn and tattered and stained with oil and diesel fuel, but this Old Glory has returned home. An American flag that flew on the stern of a boat carrying the first waves of U.S. troops to land in Normandy, France, on D-Day during World War II was donated to the United States Thursday...

Push to posthumously give black soldier D-Day Medal of Honor

Jul. 4, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

The Congressional Black Caucus is pushing to posthumously award an African American soldier the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D-Day. Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. was an Army medic assigned to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. The battalion's job was to set up explosive-rigged balloons to deter German...

Push to posthumously give black soldier D-Day Medal of Honor

Jul. 3, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

A new push is underway to posthumously award an African American soldier the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D-Day. Cpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. was an army medic assigned to the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion. The battalion's job was to set up explosive-rigged balloons to deter German planes. At a time when...

Correction: D-Day-Britain-Veteran's Duty story

Jun. 24, 2019 9:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a May 24 story about D-Day, The Associated Press erroneously reported the number of Allied troops killed on D-Day. It was 4,414. A corrected version of the story is below: 75 years later, D-Day veteran still feels the pull of duty 75 years after George Skipper splashed ashore on Gold...

'Fading away': D-Day vet makes perhaps last trip to Normandy

Jun. 12, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Wherever he goes, Ray Lambert wears his purple cap with the words "D-Day Survivor" embroidered in gold. And wherever he goes, he is celebrated. The handshakes and selfie requests begin the moment he arrives at the gate at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He is on his...

After all who were there are gone, what happens to history?

Jun. 10, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

FORT NECESSITY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Pennsylvania (AP) — There are pieces of burned wood, unearthed decades ago. There is a spoon, a wine-bottle fragment, assorted pottery shards — all carefully curated and elaborately explained. And then there is the patrician voice of George Washington: "I'm...

D-Day veterans choke back tears to ensure memories live on

Jun. 8, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) — I make old soldiers cry. Old sailors, too. And airmen. Even Marines. Makes no difference. That sounds cruel, I know. There's comfort knowing the men in their 90s and older saw their tears as part of a duty they took on in their 20s and younger. I've spent the past few months...

Analysis: Trump an impolitic guest on trips abroad

Jun. 8, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

SHANNON, Ireland (AP) — Halfway through a summer set of four international trips, President Donald Trump has proven himself to be an impolitic guest, soaking up pomp and pageantry while leaving behind hosts he scorched despite their best efforts to favor the president with flattery. Trump on Friday wrapped...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 7, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows British army band playing Darth Vader's theme song...