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On D-Day – Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

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Guest post by Paul Gardiner

Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

Visit to Omaha Beach

It was a bright, sunny afternoon when we arrived at Omaha Beach. Upon exiting the bus and
walking out to the beach itself, I thought to myself what a drastic contrast today’s peaceful
Omaha Beach is compared to the Omaha Beach of June 6, 1944. Walking on the same sand on
which so many American soldiers (about 2,500) died made me feel very humbled, grateful, and
full of awe. The below photo shows the cliffs that oversee the beach, and scattered throughout
the cliffs were the German machine gun positions and other gun locations that ripped through the
oncoming landing boats and soldiers as they made their way toward the cliffs. For me, the scene
was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster—I have such great respect and admiration for all
the men who gave their lives or were wounded on that day on this stretch of French beach.

Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

Photo of Omaha Beach on June 7, 1944:

Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

Maps, etc., about the invasion day:

Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

Omaha Beach monuments:


Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France
Reflections On Visiting Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte Mere Eglise And The American Cemetery In Normandy, France

Visit to Pointe du Hoc

The German 155 mm artillery positions on Pointe du Hoc had to be disabled because the guns
could greatly damage American forces landing on both Omaha and Utah beaches.

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