In the Spring of 1944, Americans anxiously awaited news of a European invasion. Radio reports announced D-Day on June 6, 1944. Read this excerpt from Songbird! The figures of her father and grandpa, sitting close by the radio, broke through her wistful thinking. She was surprised to see them. Normally, they would already be out feeding the animals. Her father’s neck was bent forward over the black box, his elbows were upright on his knees, and his whole body was stiff.