Commercial Appeal Chronicles Veterans’ Trip to Normandy
A healing trip: Memphis-area World War II veterans take haunting pilgrimage by Tom Charlier
UTAH BEACH, France — Just like that history-changing morning so long ago, the tide is out and a stiff wind scours the sand, but W.T. Hardwick can’t quite reconcile the serene beach before him with the smoke and chaos of his memories.
He’s dreamt often about this place, about the artillery raining down and men falling and his capture. Now, hand-in-hand with his daughter and granddaughter, he looks out beyond the breaking waves and sees an empty horizon where thousands of ships once clogged the English Channel. Read More…