On sad anniversary, few to mourn the D-Day dead in Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Saturday’s anniversary will be one of the loneliest remembrances ever for the June 6, 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy. The coronavirus pandemic is keeping almost everyone away — from government leaders to frail veterans who might not get another chance for a final farewell to their unlucky comrades. Even the weather forecast is bad. Heading into the remembrance weekend, the salty brine coming off the ocean on France’s Omaha Beach hits the nostrils, the shrieks of seagulls pierces the ears and a sense of desolation hangs across the region’s country roads.