Normandy, Part 1 - April 9th · April 10, 2010
Dad, at the sign showing how to get to the memorial
Monuments were everywhere, with many moving quotations. Click on the photos for bigger pictures.
Entrance to the Omaha Beach Memorial - 3000 Americans died in the conquest of Omaha Beach - the most of the 5 D-Day beaches
More inscriptions
The museum is extremely well done - it made me proud to be an American. Many different languages were spoken there, many people were welled up at the tributes to bravery that were described.
A video showed Presiident Eisenhower explaining how he arrived at the decision to invade, due to a break in the weather
An explanation of the values the soldiers had, as well as some personal stories. Very moving.
The museum has stories and explanations in 3 languages - French, English, and German. I felt privilidged reading all three.
Several displays were dedicated to the common soldier, his gear, and his not knowing of his fate that day.
The grounds are extremely well manicured. Military perfect. Respectfully so.
Another moving quotation
The walkway to the memorial
The memorial itself, at the head of the cemetary
View of the cemetary from the front of the memorial
Path of the invasion, as shown inside of the memorial
Walkways are everywhere, and the plots are numbered so loved ones can find their location
Each marker has a serial number on the back
View of the beaches from the top - graves were about 100 feet behind me.