Thank you Mark-be. My wife and I visited Omaha and Point du Hac when we visited my sister and brother in law. I was unaware before our visit. The American cemeteries are actually National Parks under the control of the United States. This was told to us by the officer in charge of the one near Omaha beach.
There were a couple of moving moments during our visit. My brother in law was in the Air Force. The officer informed him, he could help fold the American flag at the close of the day. I literally had tears in my eyes watching this ceremony.
Another one was during our visit, we saw an older woman dressed in all white. The story we were told is her brother and herself were walking in this area. A hand grenade was thrown and went off killing her brother. This woman walked with a limp. We were told she comes to the cemetery every day and talks to the visitors. We spoke with her as much as we could. ( she did not speak much English) However, she told us " I love America and I love Americans. They saved our country!"
Thank you again for bringing this trip to us. We all have a lot to be thankful for what these brave and heroic servicemen did for the world.
Mark_be; your report, detailed narrative and wonderful, respectful photos makes this a wonderful TR and an example why others RV'rs from throughout the Forums come to the TC forum, to see Trip Reports. Great job and am anxious to see more.
Thank you for submitting this report. I was moved by it. A vivid pictorial and comprehensive text. Normandy is on my bucket list of places to go before i die.
I know I was in North Africa in 1942 even though I was not born yet. Racing around Libya with the LRDG in a 1941 Willys Jeep, lobbing phosphorus grenades down the remote runways of Axis aerodromes. 70 years later and I'm still driving a sand colored jeep: a 1982 Jeep CJ8.