D-Day, Plus 75

Today is D-Day, the day the Allied Forces invaded occupied France. This morning i was able to walk on Utah Beach and explore German bunkers

As we were leaving, a guy walked up to us looking to see if we were leaving, and he told me he was German, and that his freedom was fought for on these beaches and he said “God Bless America.” I still get tears thinking about what he said.

That’s what this day is really about: Freedom. I saw a sign painted on a shop window that read “Celebrating 75 years of peace”. How can we thank those brave men who died coming on these shores to secure the freedoms we enjoy? We thank them by teaching the next generation the truth of what happened here and what they were fighting and why so they can avoid the mistakes of the past.

This afternoon we tried to get to Point du Hoc, but the roads were closed for security reasons for all the dignitaries going to these places for events. We ended up in Sainte Mere l’Eglise. While there, we saw several parachutists land in the church square. This is where the paratrooper’s parachute caught on the church steeple. (he actually landed on the street side of the tower).

Tonight we walked on Omaha Beach to finish out our tribute to all those who. Gave their all for freedom.

Thank you veterans for serving our country and God Bless!

A Special Treat

Yesterday we went to the Batterie Maise, which was a German artillery battery nest with several 550mm guns and several 400mm anti aircraft guns. I’ll do a post on this when I can develop my photos.

Late in the afternoon, we decided to take a side trip and go see Abbeye Mont-Saint-Michel.

When we got there, the tide was starting to come in, which was amazing to see. We were able to walk around inside the sea wall and on the ramparts, which was absolutely amazing.

When I get all my photos developed, I’ll do a full post just on this.

As we were leaving, the tide was really coming in, and it was pouring rain.

It was just before sunset (10:00pm) when we left, and just after sunset, the sky went deep orange and red, however all we could see at that point was trees, because we had already left and was back in the parking lot.

Enjoy!