As World War II veteran Onofrio Zicari attended events last week marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, he had one special wish. Zicari, 96, wanted to revisit the grave marker of a friend he’d lost on that fateful day, June 6, 1944, when Allied troops stormed French beaches, turning the tide in the war against Nazi Germany. He said he still carried a photograph of himself standing in front of the grave of Donald E. Simmons, who died on D-Day. “He was in the service with me. He got killed,” Zicari told ABC News’ “World News Tonight,” which traveled with him and several other U.S. veterans from across the country as they traveled back to Normandy. (MORE: World War II veterans return to Normandy for 75th D-Day anniversary: ‘You can’t forget’) For Zicari, it was his first time returning to the French shores since the war. During a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, the site of the first cemetery set up by the U.S. Army two days after D-Day, Zicari, originally from Geneva, New York, found Simmons’ grave site again. “A lot of graves. Look at all the crosses. Oh boy,” he said. What Zicari did… Read full this story
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