NOT JUST ANY BEACH

TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY – BILL FERRY

70 years ago human thunder and lightning descended on a broad swath of Normandy beaches. This is Omaha Beach today, so benign looking but so full of grim history.

Over 9,000 Americans are at rest here, a number of them unknown.

The Germans had a fierce defensive line for hundred of miles. After visiting, the thought comes that it is a wonder we won the war to see how commanding a presence they had here.

The cemetery at Omaha beach. There are 21 American cemeteries in Europe and North Africa.

These are townsfolk from Merville-Franceville, another town in the Normandy region. There is a procession of French and American groups who come throughout the year to pay homage to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

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