Saturday, June 6, 2009

Lest we forget

Today, June 6th, is the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allies. Their flags are seen left.

Predictably, CNN and all the networks reported that politicians visited the site and made long-winded speeches. For a more personal and meaningful celebration of this historic day, here's a link to a website where D-Day veterans talk about their experiences in their own words. Check out . If you had a relative in the D-Day invasion, you might find their story here or you can add your own.

Someday I just want to go and walk those beaches and listen to the wind. My niece, Julia Marshall, has been to Normandy with her family and she took a lot of pictures. With Julia's permission, here are a few poignant images from that trip.

There's still a hulk of a landing craft in the surf.

And old gun emplacements are still visible.

The map on the wall in the visitors center that shows the allies landing points on the beaches.

The American cemetery at Normandy.

And lastly, for all veterans known and unknown, my heartfelt thanks for your service to this country. Click on the picture so you can read the inscription.

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