Friday, June 07, 2019

Photos from the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

Here Rests in Honored Glory
A COMRADE IN ARMS
Known But to God
The story of D-Day:
An Overview of Operation Overlord
(merci to Instapundit for the link)
American troops look across the peaceful terrain that was so deadly
on June 6, 1944, that their predecessors called it Bloody Omaha
Getting ready for the 21-gun salute at Omaha Beach
VIPs landing on the sand near Colleville-sur-Mer
The Normandy American Cemetery on the 75th anniversary of D-Day:
With a Frenchman, an Englishman, and a handful of U.S. Republicans in France, we headed out to Normandy a day earlier (to an airBNB on June 5) in pouring rain, and the following day, the weather had cleared up — just like in 1944
Why, yes my daddy is a United States Marine
— how did you guess?
Paul Wirth, a few hours before being named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Paul Wirth's shirt says it all: 5 battle stars — Omaha Beach (2nd Wave), France,
The Bulge, Belgium, Germany (1st Americans into Berlin)
No Regrets Tour: The sign for a 100-year-old vet by
the name of Sidney seems to be a dig at a previous president
All World War II veterans are at least in their 90sone outfit that is instrumental in bringing them back to the battlefields of their youth is the Best Defense Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of all vets with Battlefield Return, Operation Archive and Transition Programs
The Macrons and the Trumps meet at the Normandy American Cemetery
Moving speeches were made by the presidents of France and the United States
Smaller allies who participated in the Normandy landings were given their due, with
 Macron mentioning the Danes, among others, while Trump brought up the Norwegians
After becoming the fifth veteran to be named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur,
Paul Wirth won't let go of Donald Trump but insists on a final word
A sailor from the Pacific War made it to Europe's battlefields; When posing for the photo,
he told me, in no uncertain terms, "Now, hold your back up straight!"

2 comments:

Theodore Moore said...

Dad always insisted that they all were heroes. He had nothing but unfeigned praise for the medics who gave first aid while under fire that they could not return. He would sing praises of those who were there but would never talk about what he had done. He had four battle stars one of which was the arrowhead he received for being in the third wave on Omaha beach. A second was the one he received for being in the front of the relieving forces at Bastogne.

Patton's forces simply were not in a position to pivot and head north. Anyone in an area where it was possible to deploy from was welcome. The Red Tails got a lot of recognition for their accomplishments but not a lot of people realize that the relieving forces was one of the first times that white and black americans fought together in the same units against the enemy.

Unknown said...

Awesome photos. I wish I could have been there...

Tom from CA