Michael J. Palumbo lives his life in honor of his oldest brother, Joseph Michael Palumbo, who lost his life in World War II at the age of 19. Joseph was one of 175,000 Allied troops who landed on the beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, now known as D-Day. Six weeks later, he was killed by a mortar round fired by retreating German forces. The news of Joseph’s death devastated his parents, who about over a year and a half later, decided to have another child. Michael was born in November 1946. “Joseph is my hero -- my life’s purpose,” says Palumbo. “I know that I would not have a life if it weren’t for him. He gave his yesterdays for my todays,” he says.