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Normandy a memory years cannot erase

Updated: July 8, 2006, 2:27 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS, France -- There are so many war memorials and monuments in France that it's easy to become oblivious. I'm as bad as the next person.

Central Paris is dotted with small plaques commemorating civilian fighters who died in the street battle as the Allies advanced and the Nazis retreated. When I was a kid growing up in the city, I walked by them every day without noticing. I seem to spot them more frequently now.

The other night when I stayed in the ...

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