Today marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the biggest amphibious landing in history and the day about 4,400 members of the Allied forces and about 1,000 Germans died. Ceremonies were held in Normandy today recalling the sacrifices of Allied soldiers.
In today's paper, Reporter Lou Michel tells the story of John C. Tiranno, a mere teenager when he was drafted into service from Buffalo’s West Side. Tiranno's story, Michel writes, takes on all the more significance now, symbolizing what many acknowledge was the Greatest Generation.
Each week, Michel profiles area veterans in a feature called "Saluting Our War Heroes." Many of those he's written about served in World War II and were on the ground for D-Day. Read some of their stories:
- World War II veteran William H. Erick recalls landing at Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge
- Veteran Robert N. “Lefty” Lowenstein helped clear the obstacles to D-Day invasion at ‘Bloody Omaha’
- WWII engineer Robert F. Batt was involved in construction, destruction and much more
- Advice on self-improvement stays with combat veteran John Ellerton for a lifetime
- WWII veteran Lawrence E. Haley from Arcade recalls perils and a brother’s ultimate sacrifice
- After D-Day, Edgar L. Hoffman helped keep planes armed to ensure Allied air support
- Diary keeps POW Leonard Gaj’s memory of World War II fresh
- Short in stature, D-Day soldier Carmen M. Pariso becomes long on luck
- World War II heroics don't erase the sadness of war for Stanley F. Czarniak
And from further back, some content from [BN] Chronicles: