Remembering D-Day on The Roy Green Show

Today is Friday, June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where some 9,300 Americans are buried.

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where some 9,300 Americans are buried.

Tomorrow, June 7, at 2:05 EDT, I will be on The Roy Green Show, syndicated across Canada on the Corus Radio Network. You can tune on via the Internet. Other guests will include a 92-year-old former Lancaster bomber pilot (Canadian) and the daughter of his co-pilot. We’ll be talking about D-Day, how important it is to remember that day, and my numerous trips there over the years, including a 2010 trip with George Yost, then age 12.

George in front of one of the German bunkers that the invading troops had to overtake.

George in front of one of the German bunkers that the invading troops had to overtake.

George and I spent a whole day on the D-Day beaches. We started at the Pegasus Bridge near Oustreheim, and drove west until we got to Utah Beach. It’s a trip we’ll never forget. Then we spent the night in Sainte-mere-Eglise, the town made famous in “The Longest Day” when paratrooper Red Buttons gets hung up on the church steeple.

But the most impressive moment was early on in our trip. George had memorized the geographical order of the invasion beaches, east to west: Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah. When we got out of the car on Sword, George said, “Hold on, Dad. I have to get something.”

Normandy 4Then he went back to the car, fished in his suitcase, and pulled out a baggie. Without any prodding from me, he had the presence of mind to bring five baggies.

“I wanna get some sand from every beach,” he told me.

His grandfather and namesake, George F. Yost, U.S. Army surgeon, Korea, would have been proud.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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