Cemetiere American de Normandie
Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
130Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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Finally, all rugged up and ready to go we drove to the D.Day beaches and a visit to the American War Cemetery.This 172.5 acres cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach. It contains the graves of 9,387 soldiers killed during the Normandy Campaign. First we entered a chapel, a memorial and a garden of the missing which is a tribute to their memory.The visitor centre pays homage to the courage and competence shown during Operation Overlord and the liberation of Europe, as well as to the sacrifice of those who are now resting in this place. The whole complex is very well laid out and a lot of care and thought has gone into the design.. Very well maintained with beautiful gardens A central mall bisects the ten grave plots. the fallen lie beneath precisely aligned headstones of white marble crosses and stars of David
After our visit to the beaches, we drove around the villages for a while, some very narrow roads and sometimes it felt like we were driving on the residents driveways. Time to go home and refuel our stomachs, we still had a cake each to devour . These tasted very good and filled us up nicely.
By now it was 3pm and once again we walked to town. The festival was still on and we wanted to experience a bit of the action. Plenty of that there, a delight to be in and amonst it all. A lot of young folk got dressed up and joined in the festivities. It surprised us how some of the younger kids have learned how to play those early medieval musical instruments. Nice to see.
Moving on again tomorrow, a little sad to leave this area , we will always remember it with fondness. It has not rained since lunchtime and the sun has been doing its darnest to get through and is succeeding at this present time. Keep our fingers crossed eh.
Just heard that Mark Webber has won the FI at Silverstone, more good news.
See you tomorrow.