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OT: 75th Anniversary

CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,106
edited June 6 in Off Topic
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions at Normandy. My wife and I spent 10 days touring the area back in 2009. Very humbling to be standing on Omaha Beach, Le Pointe du Hoc, and the Bois Jacques woods and think about what those young men went through to stem the rise of fascism. 

I took this photo at the cemetery of Omaha Beach, T/Sgt Peregory was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions a few days after the landings. Sadly he was killed in further action a few days later. His MOH Citation is a testament to why they are called the greatest generation.

 https://themedalofhonor.com/medal-of-honor-recipients/recipients/peregory-frank-world-war-two



Foxholes still exist in the Bois Jacques outside of Foy (Band Of Brothers winter scene in the foxholes). I can’t imagine the terror as the trees around you are exploding.



We met Cpl. Joe Cannon in St Mere Eglise (think Red Buttons in The Longest Day hanging from the church steeple where his parachute was caught). Joe came ashore with the 3rd wave at Utah Beach and was retracing his footsteps with a friend:



This monument at Le Pointe du Hoc is in remembrance of the Rangers who climbed those cliffs under withering fire. The monument symbolizes the Ranger dagger.



Love him or hate him, President Reagan gave a hell of a speech. This was in June 6th, 1984 at Le Pointe du Hoc:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CTLVIp1AjAg

If if you are able, I highly recommend going to Normandy and Belgium and visiting some of these places. The underground museum/visitor center at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach is simply incredible.

My hat is off to The Greatest Generation, without which our country would most likely be speaking German or Japanese.


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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 3,320
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    Sacrifice is a term used today with little meaning compared to years past and I will leave it at that...
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  • CornfedMACornfedMA Posts: 190
    Thanks for posting this, Mike. My father lived in Belgium when I was in college, so I was fortunate enough to visit many of the sites in both countries during my yearly visits. Bastogne, Luxembourg, Normandy, Colleville-sur-mere, etc.

    I felt then, as I do now, that the cemetery and beaches of Normandy are the most powerful places I’ve ever set foot on this earth. 

    These are are photos from my first trip in 2003.


  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,406
    I, too, have been to Omaha Beach in Normandy, Mike.  The topography of the place makes an amphibious assault seem impossible.  Those men must be amongst the most courageous who ever lived. 
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 14,717
    Nice tribute on this historical day, Mike.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 2,161
    Thanks for sharing your experience Mike.  Very special.
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 12,970
    God Bless America and those who gave their all. 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,104
    edited June 6
    Thank you for the post. My father came in on the third wave. 
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  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 4,927
    Thank You for Sharing this
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,106
    edited June 6
    CornfedMA said:
    Thanks for posting this, Mike. My father lived in Belgium when I was in college, so I was fortunate enough to visit many of the sites in both countries during my yearly visits. Bastogne, Luxembourg, Normandy, Colleville-sur-mere, etc.

    I felt then, as I do now, that the cemetery and beaches of Normandy are the most powerful places I’ve ever set foot on this earth. 

    These are are photos from my first trip in 2003.


    I agree about the sacredness of the ground. We visited almost all of the American cemeteries in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, sadly there are way too many of them. Just down the road from the American cemetery in Luxembourg is a German cemetery. The stark contrast between the grounds was incredible. The grounds of the American cemetery were immaculate, where the German cemetery was very overgrown and unkempt. 

    I commented on that to the Superintendent of the American cemetery, asking who did the groundskeeping for each. He said locals are hired by the American Battlefield Monument Commission to tend the grounds. He went on to say that the last time they had an opening, over 1,000 applications were received. The locals view the groundskeeping as a solemn duty for the debt their country owed to their liberators.

    He continued by saying that the only time the German cemeteries get any attention is a couple weeks in the summer when high school students come over.


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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 14,717
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,106
    Mickey said:
    Thank you for the post. My father came in on the third wave. 
    Mad respect to your father Mickey, the bravery displayed by those young men is something I can’t imagine. 
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 15,092
    Here’s a fantastic piece on D Day with narration over live footage. 

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/archival-footage-of-d-day/
  • SemolinaPilchardSemolinaPilchard Posts: 1,221
    Great post, thanks.
  • BUFFALOMOOSEBUFFALOMOOSE Posts: 213
    God bless them all. 
    South Buffalo, New York
  • CornfedMACornfedMA Posts: 190
    @CTMike I was surprised to see the same. Along with the fact that there typically more than one soldier, and sometimes up to 4, per headstone if I remember correctly. 
  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,518
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,106
    CornfedMA said:
    @CTMike I was surprised to see the same. Along with the fact that there typically more than one soldier, and sometimes up to 4, per headstone if I remember correctly. 
    Yes,

    The German headstones commemorated the final resting place of 4 men. They were a dark, dreary black stone. 
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  • ewyllinsewyllins Posts: 438
    Greatest Generation Ever!!!!!!!!!!
    O-Town, FL

  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 2,266
    One place on my bucket list to go visit. Agree Greatest Generation.

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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,106
    Just just finished my annual ritual of watching “The Longest Day,” outstanding movie. Over the next few days I’ll watch Band of Brothers also. 
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  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 8,664
    Great tribute.  It's a bucket list item for sure.
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