Wednesday, August 01, 2007

D-Day Normandy

We spend the past few days visiting places that became known because of D-Day (6 June 1944). Before going to these places we read about the happenings on that day and seeing those places gave us a realistic view of what happened that day. Everything we saw really impressed us.

We visited Sainte Mère Eglise where a parachutist (a doll) still hangs on the church tower. The kids had seen the film The longest day so they knew the story and wanted to see this place. After that we drove on to Utah Beach and to Omaha Beach. In between we visited Pointe du Hoc (photo above) where there are many holes in the ground due to heavy bombing in that area. It was a mighty sight and just reading about this place and seeing it brought tears to my eyes just thinking about the heavy fighting that took place in this area that cost the lives of so many young, courageous men.

Later we also visited the American Cemetery above Omaha Beach with all those white crosses.

The picture below is taken at Omaha Beach and shows the sculpture “Les Braves” made to honour the courage of sons, husbands and fathers who endangered and often sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the French people.
“Les Braves” consists of three elements:
1. The Wings of Hope
2. Rise Freedom
3. The Wings of Fraternity

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