Apr 24, 2017
|Two nights and a day at sea brings us to Cherbourg, a beautiful port. The port has a maritime museum with a retired nuclear submarine. Unfortunately we did not have time for a tour when the museum was open.
Our time here was spent touring Omaha and Utah beaches and the Normandy American Cemetery. (See the pictures)
Area 172.5 acres
Headstones 9387. Including 149 Stars of David
Missing in Action (D-Day) 1557
Sets of Brothers 45
Medal of Honor Recipients 3
After Omaha and the cemetery, we visited Pointe du Hoc, the site of the German artillary Installation. The Rangers, charged with neutralizing this position, were delivered to the wrong location and were over an hour late to these cliffs. This delay caused a much higher causality count as this artillary position could rain down fire on both Omaha and Utah beaches.
We ate lunch in a small seaside French village before moving on to Ste-Mere-Eglise, the first French town liberated by the invasion. The town expresses its gratitude with two stained glass windows in their church featuring Army Airborne Paratroopers.