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Unmatched coverage of a D-Day unlike any other

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People lay flowers and wooden crosses with names of WWII dead during D-Day ceremonies at the local war cemetery in Benouville, Normandy, France, June 6, 2020, in a cermony organized by a British expatriate. – AP Photo / Virginia Mayo

Alex Turnbull, video journalist, Paris; Virginia Mayo, chief photographer/photo editor, Brussels; and Raf Casert, news editor, Brussels, delivered compelling all-formats coverage of the D-Day anniversary at a time when most World War II veterans could not visit Normandy because of coronavirus restrictions – a local mayor called it “a June 6 unlike any other.” But the team helped absent veterans feel a part of the somber memorial services and observances at Omaha and other beaches with two days of nonstop coverage that no competitor could match.

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A man in a vintage U.S. WWII uniform walks at sunrise prior to a D-Day 76th anniversary ceremony in Saint Laurent sur Mer, Normandy, France, June 6, 2020. Due to coronavirus measures, many ceremonies and memorials were canceled in the region, with the exception of very small gatherings. – AP Photo / Virginia Mayo
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