June 6 is D-Day, and the NaHaiWriMo theme of the day is: FREEDOM.

As I create this posting, it is 06:30 at Normandy, France–exactly 70 years after the Allied invasion. This photo was taken that morning. My haiku/haiga is a small token of honor for the thousands lost that day, and for those who lived through it to know victory.

Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M haiga

Photo taken by Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent on June 6, 1944 (Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

V-E Day

In commemoration of V-E Day, May 8, 1945, I am posting pictures taken on that date in Paris, either by my father or one of his U.S. Army message center cronies. Also included is a photo of him — rather handsome!

V-E Day, crowds gathering near l’Arc de Triomphe

V-E Day, more crowds

CPL John R. Brown