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... Got on bike, used paper gps to navigate from Bayeux to Arromanches-les-Bains. During D-Day, this was one of the primary focuses of Gold Beach, one of the two British landing zones. The british set up an artificial port (Mulberry harbor) at the city (as they didn't have time to wait for the liberation of nearby french cities like Le Havre or Cherbourg with deeper ports to unload all of their vehicles, troops, supplies). Remains of this port are still ...
... but also weird to be in a group dynamic! I am not use to thinking of others during my week alone! It was actually a nice day in Caen so I was worried that the coast would have bad weather because according to locals, that is what happens. And it rained. And rained. We made our first stop at the gun batteries at Longues-Ser-Mer. It was cool seeing the massive artillery pieces still intact and we got to go inside the bunker to see what it was like AND to stay ...
... and many were never found or identified at all. One story I found particularly moving was the story of Thomas Dry Howie, also known as the "Major of St. Lo." If you want to read a moving story of this man's life and death in the war, you are in for a treat if you look it up. We walked around the cemetery grounds on our tour, and visited the Garden of the Missing, as well as other statues and memorials. There are 45 sets of brothers buried here, 9,387 headstones ...
... farm with a lush, green pasture and a lovely house and outbuildings. She doesn't speak much English and we don't speak much French, but we still managed to communicate using sign language and creative gestures, sharing lots of laughs in the process! I WILL learn some French before our next trip to France. We "talked" about Colorado a little (she has never been to the United States). She told us that she grew up in Lille, a small town in northern France. When ...
12 Aug 2013
"He died for his country" is a phrase often heard or spoken, and I suppose if a soldier dies while fighting on his or hers own soil, it would have a literal meaning.
At Omaha beach where we relaxed and enjoyed a cup of coffee a few days ago there is a large American cemetery covering 172 acres (70 ha) containing 9387 American ...