From David Thompson, executive director, Kentucky Press Association

Through the efforts of the Ernie Pyle museum in Dana, Indiana, and Steve Key, the executive director of the Hoosier State Press Association, we’re able to offer you some news content as the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion approaches.

Click here for D-Day materials in zip file:   Ernie Pyle

Three columns and a picture are available here to help preserve the memory of one of the most famous American journalists – World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle.

My NAM colleagues and I are encouraging our member newspapers to use an article or more in celebration of D-Day. And we also do it for a selfish reason.

Some of you might know Morley Piper, who served about 40 years as executive director of the New England Newspaper Association. Morley is now clerk of the Newspaper Association Managers. Morley was there as the invasion began and we often ask him to share with us some of his remembrances of that day. With this anniversary approaching, press association executive directors made personal contributions to NAM so that we could get Morley and his family back to Normandy for the 70th anniversary.

I invite you, I encourage you to use any or all three Ernie Pyle articles that are enclosed in the zip file and please read the other material about the Ernie Pyle museum. It’s now operated by the Friends of Ernie Pyle and is a private non-profit foundation. If any of you would like to talk to Morley Piper about that day, he can be reached at mlpiper52@comcast.net and you’ll find him a delightful interview with a very dry sense of humor and as a newspaper person, one of us.

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