Friday, September 16, 2016

Day 6–D Day

Todays adventure was a D-Day tour of the Normandy Area. The trip started out visiting a German Cemetary, followed by Sainte-Mère-Église. Sainte-Mère-Église is a town were the 82nd Airborne made a landing in the early hours of D-Day, however they did not achieve a complete surprise, as the town was out fighting a fire near the church where they wound up landing. Several troops got hung up in the trees surrounding the church, a couple of people got hung up on the church, and a couple even unfortunately fell into the fire. the church has a paratrooper dummy attached to its steeple in commeration, and they also have a stained glass window with paratroopers around the virgin Mary instead of the usual angels. They also have a large museum, with a restored glider and C47 aircraft. Afterwards we a stop for lunch at Utah Beach, with a visit to a former German bunker that got turned into a US communications bunker in the months following the D-Day landings. After that we visited Point-Du-Hoc, the American cemetery where we saw the flags get lowered for the night, and than Omaha Beach.

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Restored Communications bunker at Utah Beach

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