A D-Day Commemoration Decades in the Making

A D-Day Commemoration Decades in the Making

In Opinion, Ben Mankiewicz, the Turner Classic Movies host, wrote that while World War II films “may have only been ‘based on a true story,’” the best of them “did justice to the essential truth of what happened on the ground.” Our Books section has also offered a guide to recent D-Day books. Also be sure to read Adam Nossiter on the researchers in France who are still digging up and cataloging the remains of the invasion.

Like many World War II veterans, my father, Ronald B. Austen Jr., spoke relatively little about his experiences. A navigator for the Royal Canadian Air Force bombers, he didn’t land on Juno Beach. But while he didn’t live to see the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the commemorations of the massive invasion have come, for me, to represent his time at war more than Remembrance Day.

It’s back. After a successful debut last year, The New York Times is hosting another bus excursion from Toronto to the Stratford Festival on July 13. On board will be Scott Heller, our theater editor, and once in Stratford he’ll team up with our co-chief theater critic Jesse Green and culture reporter Cara Buckley for interviews with cast members from “Billy Elliot the Musical” and “Othello,” the two plays the group will see. Plus we’ll throw in lunch. Tickets are limited and likely to vanish quickly. You can buy them and find all the details here.

—The victim was a millionaire from China who gamed the Canadian immigration system. The accused killer was his poorer cousin, who had come to Canada with his family. Dan Bilefsky tells the tale of the murder case that’s gripped Vancouver.

—A national inquiry into the widespread killings and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls in Canada came up with 231 recommendations in its final report. The question now is how many of them will lead to action.

—Louis Levi Oakes, who died last month near the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve in Quebec, was the last of a group of Indigenous soldiers who played a particular role during World War II.

—Our guide to the Women’s World Cup of soccer, which began Friday, predicts that the “Canadians will fear no opponent, and they will be a tough out.”

—The move away from single-use plastics may lighten many travelers’ toiletry bags.

—NASA announced plans to move into the travel business — for the very, very wealthy.

—Once revolutionary, iTunes became something of a mess in maturity. Kevin Roose offers its obituary.

—The Museum of Modern Art in New York will soon close for four months. While part of that is to finish an expansion, Roberta Smith wrote that it’s just as much about fixing up its previous expansion and rethinking how it displays its vast collection.

—We dissected how James Holzhauer’s exceptional winning streak on “Jeopardy!” came to its end.

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