Memorial Honors Fallen Journalists

Bayeux, FRANCE: Picture taken of commemorative steles during the inauguration ceremony of a Journalists Memorial, 02 May 2007 in Bayeux, northwestern France. The completed memorial, the first of its kind in Europe, was designed and built by French architect and landscape artist Samuel Craquelin and consists of a pathway marked by 23 white stones bearing the names of 1,876 journalists killed while doing their job around the world since 1944.
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Normandy's fields are where memories lie, in rows of tombstone tributes to men and women who fell in battle.

Another honor row was opened on Wednesday — for journalists who died while doing their jobs: 1,889 names on a roll call that's still being counted, CBS News correspondent Richard Roth reports.

From Iraqi reporter Akil Sarhane, killed in Baghdad last December, this list goes back to Washington Post reporter Raymond Clapper, killed in the Pacific 63 years ago.

It was 1944 when Normandy was liberated by Allied troops. It was a turning point in a long world war. But its newest memorial embraces many other wars and honors sacrifice that wasn't always on a battlefield.

So while Ernie Pyle — the reporter who wrote of soldiers asleep on Normandy's beaches, "some of them sleeping forever" — is here, so are the men who photographed Vietnam, and died there: Flynn, Stone and Burrows.

On the new memorial, too, is Veronica Guerin's name. She investigated organized crime and was gunned down on a street in Dublin. And Anna Politkovskaya, who met a similar fate in Moscow.

Bill Stewart's name is there, too. He was executed 28 years ago by a Nicaraguan soldier.

So is Daniel Pearl, murdered in Afghanistan.

Paul Douglas and James Brolan are there, too. They were our own, notes Roth: CBS News staffers killed just a year ago by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.

Mourning the death of his journalist son, a Frenchman said it's not just honor that's been etched in stone, it's a universal truth: All who die for freedom deserve to be remembered.