D-Day – Normandy Beach – 70 Years Later

June 6th 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the liberation leading to the end of World War Two. On the northern coastline of France in Normandy, nearly 4500 Allied troops lost their lives this first day among 12,000 casualties, – 2000 on Omaha Beach alone.

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A while ago we visited the region, including Omaha Beach, shown here. Peaceful, reflective… tourists mostly walk silently on the sands and among the memorials. These images seemed to support the long healing process and recovery these sands have seen – including the gulls above, the shells in the sand…

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The monument…

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But the exoskeleton below was hauntingly reminiscent of a skull… numbing!

Perhaps,  it was a sign… that the beach remembers!

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13 thoughts on “D-Day – Normandy Beach – 70 Years Later

  1. noc6446@hotmail.com

    Marty, Very beautiful, yet haunting and emotional pictures from Normandy. We need to make sure present and future generations in this county never forget. If you get the chance, check out the late Ernie Pyle’s reporting from the days after June 6. Some excellent writing and reporting by him. I got to speak to a local high school history class with three other Vietnam vets. They wanted to hear what is was like from the perspective of people who experienced war and not from phony politicians who give doctored versions of real history. I think we vets got more out of it than the kids in the class. But they had some good questions and most of them actually listened to what we said and didn’t fall asleep. Thanks for the great website. Steve Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 04:32:45 +0000 To: noc6446@hotmail.com

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    1. Anonymous

      Our visit there in 2012 was an experience I wish all could have. The magnitude of the experience, and awareness of how it changed our world was palatable. I will look into the Pyle writings. Thanks for the comments, Steve.

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