By STUART GANG
I was in the town of Lake George Aug. 27 and noticed an older man in a wheelchair wearing a baseball cap with “NORMANDY” embroidered across the front. I asked if he were indeed a Normandy Invasion veteran, and sure enough he was! I stood in awe, and told him I would like to salute him, which, standing at attention, I did.
We chatted and he told me he was in the Coast Guard and joined D-Day on the second day. His mission was to take the wounded soldiers off the beach. He now happily lives in Schenectady.
We chatted a while. Even though I felt I was in the presence of greatness, I asked if I could tell him a joke. He welcomed my offer:
An elderly man was visiting France, and didn’t have his passport ready when he reached passport control. The immigration officer asked him, “Have you visited France before?”
“Yes,” replied the old man.