Never for­get­ting

Hun­dreds, in­clud­ing vet­er­ans of World War II, gather on the Mall for D-Day.

The Washington Post Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - BY MICHELLE BOORSTEIN PHO­TOS BY BILL O’LEARY michelle.boorstein@wash­post.com

More than 400 peo­ple came mid­day Satur­day to the Na­tional World War II Me­mo­rial for the 71st an­niver­sary of D-Day, the mas­sive land­ing and battle on the coast of France.

The cer­e­mony in­cluded a tra­di­tional wreath-lay­ing as well as com­ments from re­tired Army Lt. Gen. Mick Kick­lighter and El­liott “Tobey” Roo­sevelt III, the great-grand­son of Franklin D. Roo­sevelt.

Among the vet­er­ans present were mem­bers of three honor flights — spe­cial flights that bring vet­er­ans to the D.C. memo­ri­als — as well as mid­dle school stu­dents from Elk River, Minn.

Some 10,000 Al­lies were killed or wounded at D-Day, said Holly Ro­tondi, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Friends of the Na­tional World War II Me­mo­rial. Her group does five ma­jor events each year at the me­mo­rial.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: From left, Illi­nois res­i­dents Den­nis Logue, Abe Kamikow and Ken­neth Bruner stand at the cer­e­mony. Re­tired Vice Adm. Dirk Deb­bink hugs WWII vet­eran Norma Lewis of Louisville. Spec­ta­tors at the me­mo­rial.

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