beaches of normandy
got in the car and made the ride up the coast starting at pointe-du-hoc. this is where the rangers came on board between omaha and utah beach. the two beaches of normandy were primarily where the americans landed on d-day.
we continued our journey to the cemetery. as someone said to fred, the military does cemetery's well. the museum tells what happened through a short tear-jerking movie and memorabilia. i particularly liked this helmut and gun just sitting inside a glass structure with rocks on the floor. kind of sums it up.
we left and drove to arromanches to see the museum there. an excellent museum. this is the beach where the british stormed france. there were a variety of replica's made with small soldiers and tanks outlining exactly how the port was taken. a false port was built off short with floating docks in order to grab the ground quickly.
my dad happens to be over here with his wife and another couple so we met them here and had lunch at the marine hotel. nothing to write home about but the only place to really have a good lunch in town. nice seeing them and hearing about their travels through france.
a great day. josh and fred loved it. really glad we came. a piece of history never to be forgot and absolutely worth seeing where it all took place. now a picturesque country side with old beautiful homes and buildings makes it difficult to imagine that one of the most important military events of the 20th century took place there.