D.C. commuters are always in a rush to get to work, return home and have some fun. However, if you have a little time today (Tuesday), stop by the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the beginning of the liberation of Europe.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 372 WWII veterans die every day. In 2016, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served during WWII were alive. Because the folks at DC Commute Times run on The Mall, we’ve occasionally befriended wheelchair-bound WWII veterans in their 80s and 90s visiting the memorial as part of Honor Flights. Many of them are visiting for the first time and probably last time.

They deserve a handshake and a smile from a grateful American, don’t you think?

The commemoration begins at 11 a.m. There are two Metro stations close by: Smithsonian and Federal Triangle, both located on the Orange, Blue and Silver Lines. As for the bus, take either the 32, 34 or 36 Metrobus routes. Download this handy guide to help you get around. And as Captain Miller would say, “We’ll see you on the beach.”

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