Very near the city of Bayeux, France, which houses the extensive preserved Bayeux Tapestries, chronicling William the Conqueror’s invasion of the British mainland, sprawl the Normandy beaches. There, in June of 1944, the invasion took place by the Allies. Omaha was the code name for a crucial section of beach, where many men died to liberate occupied France from Nazi tyranny. A poignant quote that I came across was inscribed on the memorial to the British men who died on the Normandy beaches liberating France :
“We who were conquered by William, have liberated the homeland of the Conqueror.”
“If ever proof were needed that we fought for a cause and not for conquest, it could be found in these cemeteries. Here was our only conquest: all we asked was enough soil in which to bury our gallant dead.”
~General Mark W.Clark
Here Rests In Honored Glory A Comrade In Arms Known But To God
The centerpiece of this post is the video by Mark Schultz.
Please take a moment to watch this poignant piece.
“The eyes of the world are upon you. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.” ~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander
All is peaceful on the Normandy beaches where once, 68 years ago, guns and bombs, the roar of airplanes and tanks, the yells of fighting men and the groans of the dying once filled the air. May we never forget the courage they showed, the ideals they fought for, and the life for which they died.
These sands were once red with the blood from the courageous Allies.
One of the few remaining signs of war: German artillery bunkers and turf showing signs of past bombings.
Utah Beach upon which Grandfather landed 28 days after the initial D-Day invasion. Walking in his footsteps.
One of our little memorials in the sand to our Father and Grandfather some 68 years later.
Our Grandfather tells us that when they landed that night, he had nowhere to sleep, so he laid down by a hedge row with the Normandy cows. Being a dairy farmer, they helped to comfort him when he was a lonely soldier far away from home.
Thank you, Papa! And a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to all who liberated France and served our country on the Normandy beaches – that we might be free.
This post was written by my daughter during our travels. Adapted for Deep Roots at Home.
Thanks for reading!