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Opinion: Gov. Matt Bevin: Calling All Men…

I have been a U.S. Army officer responsible for the welfare of other soldiers, a business owner responsible for the livelihoods of my employees, and now a governor responsible to more than 4 million Kentuckians and 30,000 state employees. Yet, by far, the greatest and most sacred responsibility I have is to be a good husband to my wife and a good father to my nine children. Gov. Matt Bevin Though at...

Kentucky Air National Guard members return home after aiding in D-Day celebration in France

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard returned to Louisville Tuesday afternoon after participating in events to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in France. The Guardsmen performed seven flyovers and helped airdrop nearly 1,000 U.S. and Allied paratroopers over the hallowed ground, as part of the ceremonies. The 123rd Airlift Wing deployed two C-130 Hercules aircraft...

Kentucky Air National Guard unit to be part of the 75th anniversary D-Day ceremony in Normandy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing is deploying more than 30 Airmen and two C-130 Hercules aircraft to Europe on Saturday where they will be the only National Guard unit in the country that will take part in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day. 
On June 9, the Kentucky Airmen will airdrop U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy, France, in commemoration...

Our Rich History: Remembering D-Day 75 years later — and the heroic veterans who landed at Normandy

By Paul A. Tenkotte Special to KyForward World War II (1939-1945) was the largest and most deadly war that the world has ever experienced. No one knows exactly how many people died as a consequence of it. Modern statistics place the number at around 80 million dead worldwide, including both military personnel and civilians. Millions more were temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes, surging...

Mike Denham: Remembering D-Day and the many sacrifices made by our veterans

Seventy-two years ago, on the eve of what would be the largest military invasion ever by sea, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told the troops that “the eyes of the world are upon you. … I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” His confidence was well-placed, and as such, June 6, 1944 – D-Day – will forever be remembered as a high point in American history....

‘A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish’:
Ernie Pyle recounts D-Day’s ‘human litter’

  Famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle is credited with some of the best reporting to come out of Normandy, France, following World War II’s D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Pyle, as an early “embedded journalist” working for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, was a master of storytelling, especially about average soldiers – their fears and daily strife. Here is one of Pyle’s...

‘The Horrible Waste of War’: Ernie Pyle’s reporting of D-Day provided vivid accounts

  Famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle is credited with some of the best reporting to come out of Normandy, France, following World War II’s D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Pyle, as an early “embedded journalist” working for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, was a master of storytelling, especially about average soldiers – their fears and daily strife. Here is one of Pyle’s...

Constance Alexander: Despite passage
of time, D-Day still reminds us of war’s cost

A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, D-Day. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of the Company E became casualties....

‘A Pure Miracle’: Famed journalist Ernie
Pyle recounted D-Day with storyteller’s gift

Famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle is credited with some of the best reporting to come out of Normandy, France, following World War II’s D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Pyle, as an early “embedded journalist” working for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, was a master of storytelling, especially about average soldiers – their fears and daily strife. Here is one of Pyle’s...