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Michael Palumbo

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.

Independence Day

27 x 35 in. framed

Framed Photo Enlargement

Palumbo created this piece for the D-day Museum. He has visited his brother’s grave on the 40th, 50th, 60th and 65th anniversaries of D-Day at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer Cemetery at Omaha Beach, Normandy. “His cross lives with 10,000 others with their names facing America. It is a unique 2,000-acre outdoor temple, a serene place of peace, honor, glory, respect and freedom,” he says.