Europe 2017 Cruise travel blog

Memorial at the west end of the cemetery

North side of cemetery

Cousin Bob and friend David in south side

Part of the south side

Memorial on Omaha Beach

Memorial on Omaha Beach

Guess what they sell here

Canola field found everywhere in Normandy

Church in Sainte-Mere-Elise with caught paratrooper

Window in church honoring Airborne liberators

Window in church honoring Airborne liberators

Solders inside a WACO glider which were made in Troy OH

We ate lunch ar the hotel down this street - Good!

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)

Cemetery facts:

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.

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