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... known but to god" I saw many from the 101st Airborne, a renown division of paratroopers to whom my son Samuel Lear Jackson belonged and saw combat in a much later war. It is the division made famous by Stephen Ambrose's book and the HBO series "Band of Brothers."
"This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall ...
... first, but finding my balance with the suitcase on my back. Francois followed me in his truck down the road a ways to make sure I was all right, shouted he would see me on Monday morning, gave me a thumbs up, and sped ahead.
It was a cold, crisp fall day, a bit of a sharp wind, colors like a Van Gogh painting: trees with black trunks, orange leaves, green grass, and blue skies. The bike, ...
... grave marker had a few lines from the soldier's survivors. Bob said reading these inscriptions was very moving). Our final adventure was a day long trip to Mont St Michel, a Benedictine abbey that started to be built in 708 and was completed sometime in the 1400s. It is the second most visited place in France (behind Paris). It was built on sort of an island - it becomes an island hen there is high tide - the tides here are the highest in Europe changing up to forty nine feet. ...
... and simplicity of the construction boggles the mind. We passed through the main cathedral with the massive stone columns and wooden ceiling then to terraces with commanding views of the surrounding area. The Abbey is a sprawling maze of vaulted rooms, chapels, and a beautiful cloister. It is a wonder that the Abbey was built (and remains standing) using 1000-year-old technology.
Our final D-Day-related visit was the Utah Beach museum. A short film gave an excellent and ...
... still littered with bomb craters many of which are 20-30ft deep. (See pic of me standing in a crater.) Everywhere you walk there is another crater. Before reaching the end of the bluffs, you come across the most impressive bunkers and gun batteries that we have seen yet. Large impressively designed and built bunkers that housed German troops, supplies and large guns are still intact. In addition to concrete, the Germans placed thick steel on the openings ...