🇺🇸🇫🇷D-Day vet’s song about Normandy is No. 1 on Amazon’s singles chart, ahead of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

Jim Radford was only 15 when he served as a ship’s galley boy June 6, 1944, making him the youngest known D-Day veteran.

On that fateful day, he helped build the Mulberry harbor at Gold Beach, which allowed the British Royal Navy to get personnel, vehicles and supplies onto the beaches of France.

Seventy-five years later, Radford, who has always been into music — folk songs, in particular — has released a new version of a poignant ballad he wrote in 1969 to honor those who died in Normandy.

His song, “The Shores of Normandy,” has been at No. 1 on Amazon’s singles chart for most of the week, beating the likes of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

Profits from song sales will support the British Normandy Memorial, due to be inaugurated Thursday by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I’m obviously delighted and extremely surprised to be No. 1 on this particular chart, and I hope it does well because the more copies are downloaded, the more money we’ll have to pay for this wonderful memorial we’re building here,” Radford said in a recorded statement.

“It’s very important to me and other veterans that there should be a place like this where people can come and reflect because we’re not going to be around for much longer to tell the story, and the story needs to be told because people need to learn lessons from it.”

Radford, who was born in Hull and now lives in South East London, said he wrote the song during his first visit to Normandy after the war.

“I had been back to France, but I hadn’t been to Normandy. I remember it all very clearly, but I thought I’d got it all in perspective and I wasn’t going to be emotional about it,” he said in a video on the Normandy Memorial Trust page.

“It wasn’t until I went back, saw the children playing on the beach, that I was sort of overwhelmed with recollection of what I’ve seen and moved to tears by the contrast, as a lot of veterans were.”

It took Radford several years to write it all down and a long time to sing it in public because it was “a powerful recollection” for him, he said.

The song is also available for download via the Normandy Memorial Trust website.

Chef K Cooking

RICHMOND, Va. – Williamsburg based Chef and fan favorite Chef K made a return visit to the Virginia This Morning kitchen and passed along two delicious and easy to assemble recipes. Chef K’s Smoked Shrimp AKA “Shrimp on the Barbie” and a yummy Italian Panzanella were on the menu.  

You’re invited to enjoy Chef K’s cooking at her event, “Festa Italiana,” Saturday, June 15th at the Chef K Cafe in Yorktown from 12 pm to 9 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To learn more about Chef K you can visit www.chefkcooking.com 

Ooh Ahh Chocolate Almond Butter Bars 

RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond based Holistic Nutritionist Sara McGlothlin made her debut on our LIVE show and walked us through how to create her chocolate bars featuring almond butter. The bars are a featured recipe from her new cookbook, ‘Gluten Free Vegan Baking for Every Occassion.”

For more information you can visit https://www.saramcglothlin.com/

You are “Not Alone”

RICHMOND, Va. – The Alabama-based rock band, “Shallow Side” is currently on tour and ahead of their performance in the River City the band made their debut in the Virginia This Morning studio. You can catch Eric Boatright, Seth Trimble, Matt Daniels and Heath Fields Friday, June 7th at the Canal Club on east cary street. The show begins at 6 pm. For more information you can visit www.shallowside.net

Bringing Creativity Together 

RICHMOND, Va. – The Richmond Night Market shines a light on the local art scene and the neighborhood surrounding the 17th Street Market. Melody Short and Toni Jordan stopped by our LIVE show and shared the details behind the event’s mission and what you can expect to see there. 

The Richmond Night Market is every second Saturday monthly through December at the 17th Street Market downtown from 5 pm to 10 pm. For more information you can call (804) 874-4045 or www.facebook.com/richmondnightmarket  

Put Your Best Face Forward  

RICHMOND, Va. – Summer is here which means that get togethers and summer parties are upon us.  Lifestyle Consultant Annette Figueroa stopped by our studio to share her secret for how you can look your best over the holiday weekend. 

As part of a Virginia This Morning special, viewers can enjoy up to 50% OFF PlexaDerm and free shipping.  For more information and to order today please call 1(800) 925-0233 or visit www.plexaderm.com

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Daughter honors her dad on D-Day: ‘I’m very proud of him’

RICHMOND, Va. — As thousands gathered to watch the largest commemoration of D-Day at the Nation D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, dozens of people came to The Virginia War Memorial to watch a live stream of the event.

The ceremony included commentary from Vice President Mike Pence, an aerial tribute to the veterans of World War II, and a roll call of World War II Veterans in attendance.

Many viewing the live stream at the Virginia War Memorial, had personal connections to World War II — and the historic day of June 6, 1944.

Sheryl Canavan was one of them.

She carried with her the jacket her father wore when he landed on Omaha Beach, 75 years ago.

“Well this morning I woke up. It was quarter to seven, and I thought, ’75 years ago, what my dad was doing…? Landing on that beach. And it brings me chills,” said Canavan. “I’m very proud of him. I’m proud of what he did.”

Canavan said her father, Jacques Bayer, was in the front lines of the second wave to land on Omaha Beach 75 years ago, and spent three years fighting in World War II. She said he saw the sacrifices made first hand.

“He lost one of his best friends on D-Day on the beach. He stepped on a mine and was killed. And another good friend lost both of his legs that day — who was my godfather,” said Canavan. “My dad made it off the beach without a scratch.”

Canavan added that her father earned a bronze star for bravery during his time in the war.

Others in attendance, like Jay Quel, also had a father who fought in World War II.

“The sacrifices that these fellows made to secure those beaches made it possible for my father to come into those beaches three months later, and land with dry feet.”

Quel added that D-Day is especially significant for Virginians

“You come outside these doors, look at all these names on that wall and know all those people had families,” said Quel.

Employees at the Virginia War Memorial said Bedford, Virginia lost more people per-capita on D-Day than anywhere else in the nation.

Canavan said if she could tell her father one thing on this day, it would be ‘thank you.’

“I’d say thank you dad for all that you did for our countries,” said Canavan

Michigan lawmaker charged with bribery seeks treatment for opioid use

State Rep. Larry Inman (R-Traverse City)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who was charged in an alleged scheme to trade votes for campaign money says he’s seeking treatment for his long-term use of prescription painkillers.

The attorney for Rep. Larry Inman, a Traverse City-area Republican who’s facing pressure to resign from office, said Thursday that Inman sought an evaluation and treatment late last week. Christopher Cooke says the opioids were prescribed to Inman after a number of major surgeries in the last several years.

Cooke says Inman and his physicians “will continue to evaluate his ability to effectively serve his constituency as his treatment progresses.”

Inman is accused of urging a union to gather campaign contributions from other labor groups to ensure legislators would block repeal of a wage law. He says his text messages have been misinterpreted.

Leopard kills 2-year-old boy in Kruger National Park

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa – A two-year-old boy was killed by a leopard in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The leopard killed the toddler, the child of a staff member at the national park, Tuesday night at his living quarters in the park, a spokesperson for the park confirmed in a statement.

The boy was taken to hospital in the nearby town of Shongwe by family members after the incident but was pronounced dead by doctors.

The incident was “tragic” and “very rare,” the park spokesperson said, adding that “in parks like the KNP predators do interact with tourists and staff.”

This could lead to a “change in natural behavior” in the animals, which could result in “unfortunate incidents such as this.”

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this trying time, we wish them strength and will give them all the support they need as an organization,” said Fundisile Mketeni, the chief executive officer of South African National Parks, in a press statement seen by CNN.

“It is never easy to lose a loved one especially under such tragic circumstances, this is the risk we live with on a daily basis as we help conserve our species for the benefit of all. May the young toddler’s soul rest in eternal peace,” Mketeni added.

The animal was later found and shot by a ranger at the park.

Group home resident wearing ‘demonic’ mask stabbed caretaker 30 times, authorities say

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ill. – Authorities say an Illinois group home resident – angry after staff confiscated his cellphone went to his room – put on a “demonic” mask, played the theme song from Halloween and stabbed a caretaker dozens of times.

The 24-year-old suspect, identified as Ederaldo Frantz, has a developmental disability, police told The Herald News.

Will County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Dan Jungles told the paper Frantz had a history of harassing women, so a 50-year-old caretaker at the unnamed Plainfield facility took his phone away when she found him texting women.

Frantz walked back to his room, turned on the theme song from the 1978 horror film Halloween, slipped on the “creepy” mask and picked up a large kitchen knife, Jungle said.

Frantz allegedly stabbed the woman several times while they were in the home, then another 25-30 after she ran outside, according to the Herald News. Deputies said they found Frantz at the scene, covered in blood and still wearing the mask.

“It’s straight out of a horror movie,” Jungle said.

The victim is reportedly recovering after she was rushed to a local hospital for surgery.

Frantz faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery. He was being held Tuesday on a bond of $500,000.