Dominique met us at the train station as planned and we were off in the rain to Utah Beach. It was raining, windy and cold. As I maneuvered my way to the edge of the cliff to look out, I thought this is what our servicemen encountered; however, they were being shot at. I worried what the rest of the day would bring with such bad weather.
I took a picture of this monument listed as 00 for the beginning of the war. The town of Ste. Mere-Eglise had erected a monument as Ground Zero so Utah Beach became double zero.
The beach looked pretty much like it did on June 6, 1944.
Ted and I took just long enough to see the movie presented at the museum where we encountered this C-47 used in combat. The dummies were made up to look like the actual men who flew her as they appeared in the film.
Pointe du Hoc is a clifftop location on the coast of Normandy in northern France. It lies 4 miles west of Omaha Beach, and stands on 100 ft tall cliffs overlooking the sea. It was a point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord in World War II.
The terrain marred by huge craters caused by shelling by our destroyers.
A German bunker in the cliffside.
THE ALLIED FORCES, LANDING ON THIS SHORE WHICH THEY CALL OMAHA BEACH, LIBERATE EUROPE JUNE 6th 1944 - The Signal Monument
"Signal Monument" to 1st Division (US) and 116th RCT in St-Laurent-sur-Mer.
This monument remembers the landing on Omaha Beach. One can see two inscriptions carved on the sides of the monument, one dedicated to the 1st Infantry Division, and the other to the 116th Infantry Regimental Combat Team of the 29th Infantry Division.
Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II.
The beach is located on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, and is 5 miles long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold beach with the American landing to the west at Utah beach, thus providing a continuous legmen on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport provided by the U.S. Navy and elements of the Royal Navy.
AMERICAN CEMETERY, Colleville-Sur-Mer (Colleville By The Sea)
The cemetery is a 70 hectare site overlooking Omaha Beach with 9,387 perfectly aligned headstones and a Garden of the Missing bearing the names of 1,557 more soldiers. There is also a chapel, a memorial and a visitor center.
The chapel ceiling.
Teddy Roosevelt's son's grave
The view of the Atlantic from the edge of the cemetery at Colleville.
This has been the hardest post to do. We saw so much, some of it in bad weather, and were on the road for over nine hours. For the mistakes I may have made, the paragraphs I plagiarized from brochures, I apologize. It is just important to be sure no one ever forgets.