My great-grandfather Ross E. Bryan was in the third wave to go ashore in Normandy, France 70 years ago today on June 6.

My great-grandfather Ross E. Bryan was in the third wave to go ashore in Normandy, France 70 years ago today on June 6.

A picture and letter from my great-grandfather Ross Bryan to great-grandmother Marguerite and their daughter Linda (my grandmother, Dad’s mother), when he was off at war. The letter reads:

27 Oct. 1944
Margie and Linda,

I love you both with all my heart and hope this Baby I’ve got in my arms helps me to make sure “I’ll be seeing you.”
Ross

See also my Memorial Day column, Too easy to forget: Honoring sacrifice on Memorial Day.

J. Bryan Read, with his wife Christine Read and children upon his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in May 2002. Children, left to right: Abigail Read, Joseph Read, Rachel Read, Amanda Read, and Mary Read.

J. Bryan Read, with his wife Christine Read and children upon his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in May 2002. Children, left to right: Abigail Read, Joseph Read, Rachel Read, Amanda Read, and Mary Read.