Normandy highlights the necessity of peace

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Regarding the 70th anniversary of D-Day: I’ve been privileged to visit the beaches in Normandy two times, as well as the American and British military cemeteries nearby. 

To say my visits were “moving experiences” is indeed an understatement. Meticulously manicured lawns and row after row of crosses and stars of David, stunningly white, orderly, peaceful, quiet and calm, at the American Military Cemetery elicited emotions I hadn’t realized I possessed.

The nearby village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise is like no other place. Caen, capital of La Normandie, is home to the Caen Memorial, the Museum of Peace, a site that brings it all home: the horrors of war, hatred, bigotry and genocide, and the absolute necessity of peace, care, respect and tolerance.

We owe so much to the people of all nations who sacrificed so much. We must never forget them and all they did so many years ago, just as we must never forget the evil they fought and all of its consequences.

LESLIE H. CHAPPEL
Upper St. Clair


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