Fields of Remembrance

With Good Reason

Grave marker of American soldier Robert B. Seyler at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. 

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When President Ronald Reagan traveled to Normandy in 1984 to mark the 40th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, a young army officer, Casey Brower, was with him and deeply moved.  Casey is now Brigadier General Casey Brower (Virginia Military Institute) and takes cadets on tours of the American cemeteries for the fallen soldiers in France.  The cadets are of the same age as many of the young men who made the sacrifice in -the D-Day assault.

Also featured:  The Great Kanto Earthquake struck Japan in 1923 and killed more than 100,000 people.  In the chaos after the disaster rumors circulated that led hysterical Japanese vigilantes to lynch thousands of Korean and Chinese guest workers. EricHan (College of William and Mary) explores how modern Japan’s reaction to the recent earthquake reflects how that nation has changed in the intervening decades.

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