This week, my parents are visiting from Boston, and we are taking them on a tour of France, starting with the Normandy beaches, through Brittany, and ending up with a wine tasting in the Loire. They’ve visited Paris before, and visited me before, but haven’t spent a lot of time enjoying the rest of France.

I visited Omaha beach about 12 years ago, when I first arrived in France, but I found the visit even more moving this time.

There is a profound reason Americans love France deeply, and it is because over 134,000 American men gave their lives in the 3-month Battle of Normandy that followed D-Day.

Here are this week’s announcements: