D-Day 75: A Last Hurrah for Many Surviving Veterans

With the silence of remembrance and respect, nations honored the memory of the fallen and the bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the landing beaches of Normandy, a tribute of thanks 75 years after the massive D-Day assault that doomed the Nazi occupation of France and portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.

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Presence of Trump Complicates D-Day Ceremonies in France

World leaders will gather in solemn assembly next week above the sandy beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the world-changing D-Day invasion of France. It’s typically a heartfelt tribute to alliance and sacrifice and a unified vow for enduring unity, outweighing any national or political skirmish of the moment.

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Ugly Atmosphere Pervades Europe Ahead of Elections

In Germany, a far-right political party is rising in the polls and breaking with taboos about the country’s Nazi past. In Italy, the interior minister speaks from a balcony of a provincial city where Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini once exhorted his followers. Street demonstrations become shouting matches. The social media sphere is filled with vitriol, jeering, profanity.

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Refurbished ‘Big Boy’ Locomotive Fires up Crowds in the West

It’s longer than two city buses, weighs more than a Boeing 747 fully loaded with passengers and can pull 16 Statues of Liberty over a mountain. Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive rolled out of a Union Pacific restoration shop in Cheyenne last weekend after five years of restoration. It headed toward Utah as part of a yearlong tour to commemorate the Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary.

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