D-Day heroes. The big step to the victory.


Bob Slaughter was once described as perhaps the best-known D-Day Vet America. National media turned to him when they needed a first-person account of the Normandy invasion. At 6-foot-5, he was an imposing presence. By all accounts, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., which was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2001 and draws 75,000 visitors a year, would never have been built if not for Mr. Slaughter’s efforts. Mr. Slaughter, 87, died May 29 at a hospital in Roanoke. Hero!