Not your typical April Fools’ column

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — Instead of my usual April Fools’ column reminiscing about past political pranks or trying to pull one of my own, I am reminded of a promise made 10 months ago that is appropriate to begin fulfilling today.

On June 6, 2009, full-scale D-Day commemorations were held at Normandy and many other locations around the world.

Such commemorations normally are held in 10-year intervals but many veterans organizations announced the 65th D-Day anniversary would be their last because their numbers had dwindled to the point they could barely muster enough troops to make a showing.

Figuring that might happen with some of this year’s 65th anniversaries of World War II observances, I promised to write columns at appropriate times to commemorate the major events of 1945.

To fully disclose my promises, I’ll reveal that in 2005, I covered World War II events in the Pacific, where the New Mexico National Guard fought on Bataan and many other New Mexicans participated in taking back the Pacific, from Guadalcanal to Nagasaki.

I intended to gather those columns into a book as I had with my stories covering the effort to dig up Billy the Kid and his mother in 2003-2004. But it didn’t happen — to the disappointment of many of my Bataan survivor friends.

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