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.
Playing in the tide pools near our “house.”
The grave of what we found out to be a relative, from Bowden, Georgia
We had to add a few funny ones in here too
Memorial to the Ranger Battalion that cleared Pointe Du Hoc by scaling the cliff wall and finding the bunkers bombed and the Germans fleeing.
The Artillery holes made by the Allied bombing of Pointe du Hoc
This man was a British Veteran of D-Day. He was SIXTEEN years old! Unbelievable. He said, he lost many mates that day.
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 the morning after we arrived.
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.
Plaque commemorating Easy Company’s taking of the guns at Brecourt Manor (Band of Brothers, Episode 2)
Playing in the water at Utah Beach
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.
Then back to Omaha Beach again
Memorial to the Big Red One (1st Infantry Division)
It was an amazing trip! I’m so thankful to have gone!