Along with all the ceremonies honoring veterans on D-Day's 50th anniversary, Normandy authorities and an American group will pay more-lasting tributes.
The nonprofit Battle of Normandy Foundation is building a wall to list the names of as many as possible of the 5 million U.S. soldiers, sailors and airmen who served in World War II's European Theater.Normandy will bestow a commemorative gold medal on veterans or, posthumously, family members, who request one and visit now through June 1995.
The foundation, created to perpetuate the memory of the United States' role in the war, is headed by Pierre Salinger, press secretary to President Kennedy, and retired Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady, a Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam.
Sections of the wall will be erected at the Memorial for Peace in Caen, Normandy's premier museum on the war, as names come in. Names, ranks and hometowns will be listed.
"This wall is associated with triumph," Brady said.