The organization I worked with does a big excursion day every summer where they take all the students to various WWII/D-Day sites in Normandy, but I was going to be in Paris the day they planned it, so one of the local church members volunteered to take a couple of us one Sunday.
We went to church, then drove to the American WWII cemetery, located right above Omaha Beach. First, we visited the museum on the site.
|The location of this battle (Pegasus Bridge) was about a mile from where I was living.|
|Talk about powerful...|
|I don't remember exactly who these people were, but I loved the layout|
Then we walked out toward the cemetery. Of course it was raining...
|Map of the landing beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword|
The memorial had several parts. The statue below and the walls around it had maps and details from the D-Day invasion (Operation Neptune) and other operations. Those white walls in the background are part of the "Walls of the Missing," which I didn't know was back there until we had already left.
|The Spirit of American Youth Rising From the Waves by Donald De Lue|
There are 9,387 buried here; most were killed in the D-Day invasion and the operations that followed.
|There's a chapel at the other end|
|Crosses and Stars of David|
|Their graves are the eternal symbol of their heroism and sacrifice for the common cause of humanity.|
|Looking up the coast toward Gold Beach|
It was intense, to say the least, but one of my favorite days of the entire trip.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. [Ansel Adams]