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Normandy Post #2

The Untidy Garden Blog

Normandy Post #2

Julie Dodds

This day was an emotional one. Many people came from many places to honor the veterans. President Hollande from France and President Obama both spoke. We had another ceremony at the farm - the place where Papa's unit built an airstrip. There were 2 French citizens there who were alive 70 years ago. One has become a close friend of Nana and Papa and the other man was a new face. He said he was 8 years old at D-Day and remembers everything. The occupation, the shortage of food, the fear make the liberation all the more sweet. The day is a happy one similar to how we celebrate our Independence Day. It was heavy for this first-time visitor, but a joyful day spent with family, new and old friends and a gratefulness for freedom. 

Omaha Beach cemetary

Omaha Beach cemetary

I think his memory was taking him a million miles (or 70 years) away. 

I think his memory was taking him a million miles (or 70 years) away. 

The French/American ceremony at Omaha Beach

The French/American ceremony at Omaha Beach

The ceremony in Catz - the place where Herb Simmons (Papa) helped build an airstrip 70 years ago. 

The ceremony in Catz - the place where Herb Simmons (Papa) helped build an airstrip 70 years ago. 

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

Crisbecq Battery

Crisbecq Battery

Point du Hoc is covered with pits like this that were hit with bombs

Point du Hoc is covered with pits like this that were hit with bombs

Looking out of the Point du Hoc pit

Looking out of the Point du Hoc pit

Cliffs at Point du Hoc

Cliffs at Point du Hoc

Fresh caught oysters with our friend Sylvain

Fresh caught oysters with our friend Sylvain

Farm sunsets

Farm sunsets

Celebrating D-Day with fireworks

Celebrating D-Day with fireworks