BLACK SOLDIERS IN NORMANDY’S D-DAY ASSAULT: Known, Unknown and “Invisible,” Still

"Talking Drum Dialogues" (formerly 'Backstreet Djeli's Blog')

By W.D. Smither

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“I am the Unknown Soldier

And maybe I died in vain,

But if I were alive and my country called,

I’d do it all over again.” (From “The Unknown Soldier,” by Billy Rose)

The first thing one notices when visiting the Richmond National Cemetery, for U.S. Military Veterans, is the long, clean rows of marble grave markers smartly aligned, as if at “parade rest,” readied for military in-ranks inspection and review. It’s part of the nation-wide network of hallowed burial grounds for veterans. These particular grounds lie within the Civil War fortification lines constructed by the Confederate army in its defense of this former “Capitol of the Confederacy.” It’s also where the remains of my wife’s dad are interred, following his service during the World War II, D-Day assault and an exemplary civilian family life, afterwards.

Unknown Soldier

The “Known” and “Unknown”

On Memorial Days, the second thing you…

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