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A sobering moment this morning, as we observe the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a day that in so many ways served as a hinge for history.

It has been fascinating this morning to watch some of the coverage. I will tell you this. If you have the opportunity, you should make your way to France, to Normandy and Omaha Beach and the surrounding villages. We did this about eight years ago with one of our sons, Brian, and were given a guided tour by our friend Fiach O'Broin (who, in our family, is referred to as "the smartest man on the planet"). It is an awe-inspiring place, and one of those experiences that actually surpasses any and all expectations. It is a privilege to go to Omaha Beach … just as it is a privilege to be an American and know the extent top which that greatest generation sacrificed itself to, quite literally, save the world.

If you ever get the chance, find your way to Omaha Beach.

On a less reverent subject…

An MNB user suggested the other day that it might be interesting for people to write in about their five favorite or best movies, and we've begun getting emails suggesting that this was an appealing idea.

One MNB user wrote:

Planet of the Apes
Star Wars III, IV, V

From another:

Princess Bride
The first
Star Wars or Indiana Jones movie, take your pick
Catch 22
Dr. Zhivago

And another:

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
The Wizard of Oz
The Shawshank Redemption
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein

And still another:

Star Wars
When Harry Met Sally
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
A Christmas Story

Interesting group of choices … and almost none of them would make my list (which would be very different depending on whether zI'm talking about "favorite" or "best" movies). I'll keep this list going in coming weeks…

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

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