Normandy

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach from the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

There are so many emotions that I feel when it comes to Normandy, and I’m not even American, though I am an American citizen.  I’ve watched Band of Brothers about a gazillion times.  I’ve only watched Saving Private Ryan twice.  I don’t like that one at all!   It’s far too depressing.  Band of Brothers is much better because Easy Company came through the war and told their story to Stephen Ambrose.  But because of those movies, I was very excited to go to Normandy.  Would I be able to imagine what is was like on D-Day? (No, not even close!)  To All those men who gave their lives, we owe you many thanks.  I’m thankful that those who survived told their stories They realized soon after the war was over Normandy was a special place and built many memorials and didn’t tear down the German bunkers so that our kids could climb inside and see what it was like.  It was a great trip.  Words do not do it justice.  All of you must go and see it!!!!  Here are a few pictures to let you know what it was like.

Big Rusty Gun

See ya later

Playing in the tide pools near our “house.”

More shells

Ella

Brennig

The grave of what we found out to be a relative, from Bowden, Georgia

Eric riding the Motorcycle

We had to add a few funny ones in here too

Memorial to the Rangers who took Point Du Hoc by scaling the cliff wall with grappling hooks and ladders

Memorial to the Ranger Battalion that cleared Pointe Du Hoc by scaling the cliff wall and finding the bunkers bombed and the Germans fleeing.

Pointe-Du-Hoc or "the Golf Course" - Those are Bombing Holes

The Artillery holes made by the Allied bombing of Pointe du Hoc

D-Day Veteran from the UK.  He was 16 when he came onshore.

This man was a British Veteran of D-Day.  He was SIXTEEN years old!  Unbelievable.  He said, he lost many mates that day.

St. Mere Eglise

Ste.-Mere-Eglise, where the 82nd Airborne Division was supposed to land on the morning of D-Day.  One guy landed on top of the steeple of the church and survived.

Ella Lost a Tooth!!!  (Not at the Cafe, but she was too traumatized when she lost it to take a picture)

Ella lost a tooth the morning after we arrived.

101st 506th PIR Memorial, Beuzeville

Memorial to the plane that crashed that was a part of Easy Company (Band of Brothers) of the 101st Airborne.  This was the plane that carried the company commander.  Because of the crash, Dick Winters was made Company commander of Easy.

Commemoration of 506th PIR's E-Company taking of Brecourt Manor

Plaque commemorating Easy Company’s taking of the guns at Brecourt Manor (Band of Brothers, Episode 2)

Utah Beach

Playing in the water at Utah Beach

On top

Bunker at Utah Beach

On Sunday, 4th September, we took a trip to Mont St. Michel. It was a place that I never thought I would visit and Douglas had wanted to visit since watching the film at the France pavilion at Disney’s Epcot.  Here are a few pics from that.

Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel - It was a little windy

Mont St. Michel

Then back to Omaha Beach again

More Water Playing

Omaha Beach

Memorial to the Big Red One (1st Infantry Division)

It was an amazing trip!  I’m so thankful to have gone!

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One thought on “Normandy

  1. i am so glad that you shared all of these pictures…what an amazing trip that had to have been….you are one lucky girl to get to do all that travel, and for the kids to be able to see it as well…..the green monster rears its ugly head!!! LOL!!!!

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