Friday, November 11, 2011

Normandy-Some Gave All!

Today we honor those who have protected us and our way of live since the original "Tea Party"
I am reposting the visit Bob and I made to 
Normandy last November

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011



Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
On November 2, 2010 Bob and I were standing here. You may remember, that was National Election Day in the USA.  That fact was not lost on the little group of Americans who visited Normandy, France with us that day.
Tears came to my eyes when I thought about the young men who gave their lives here June 6, 1945.
Without their sacrifice we might not have had the same election that we were having. I wondered if anyone in my homeland made that connection as they cast their vote (Bob and I had voted earlier).

To a size of 172.5 acres, the Normandy American Cemetery has 9,387 burials of US service men and women. Of this number, some 307 are unknowns, three are Medal of Honour winners and four are women. In addition there are 33 pairs of brothers buried side by side. It is estimated that 5,000 died on D-Day at Omaha Beach.(This paragraph of text and additional information can be found HERE.I took all of the photographs on that visit.)
The English Channel in the background
All Faiths
These young men were from all over the USA and Territories

The spirit in this place was strange. There was a peace of sort but a troubled air. Don't think I am crazy but I felt a sense of unfulfilled promise. I looked across this vast field of monuments and wondered what amazing things the young souls could have accomplished? Was there a cure for cancer or miracle drug among these plots? It is a sad place but you come away with renewed resolve and dedication to our Freedom. It must be guarded and defended. These souls deserve no less.
"The Sprit of American Youth Rising from the Waves"
This weekend as we cookout, swim, visit with friends and family or just veg out remember that Freedom is Not Free! It was paid for and we will continue to pay the price. As you look into the faces of your children, ponder.Will we be willing to Give All. THEY DID!
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Martha said...

It is an amazing place isn't it. We have a National Cemetery in our little town (Cemetery No 1) which we visit often but it doesn't affect us like this one did. Perhaps because most of them are veterans -- they were buried as old men. No buried after battle -- with their lives ahead of them as these soldiers were.

Maggie said...

We live close to the Normandy landing beaches and have visited the American cemetary many times with friends and family when they visit us.
Thanks you for sharing your wonderful photographs and your recollections of that day.

Jeanne said...

Your post is so lovely and is an honor to veterans that are buried in so many places. I would have teared up too. the photos are so good and your memory is a special one. I have never been there. Now, I feel like I have.
Hugs, Jeanne

NanaDiana said...

What a blessed post- I am so glad that you remembered to honor our veterans today! I think we would not have half the freedoms we have today were it not for our service people-those that are here today and those that have passed over. xo Diana

Curtains In My Tree said...

I have only read 2 blogs today that mentioned this Veterans day and I am ashamed of myself for not mentioning it earlier on my blog.
Maggie up above is one of the ladies and you Savannah Granny

My Grandparents always thought of it as a day to remember all the world war 2 vets and they always had the red poppies on

Hope Filled Living said...

Thank you for posting this. We lost a loved one in the military last year.
So glad to have you as a new friend.

Suzy said...

Wonderful post, Ginger. Thanks for the reminder of just how much our service men and women are putting on the line every single day. Take care.

Mariette said...

Dearest Ginger,

Thanks for this post! Yes, we must never forget those that sacrificed ALL for our freedom.
Love to you,


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Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful post.Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

Marlis said...

Growing up in France and seeing all those crosses certainly made an impact. Lovely post. thanks for sharing with us. xo marlis

luvsclassics said...

Hi I joined up fro Sunday revisited today.
Thanks for revisiting Normandy, the crosses are beautiful.

I also posted for Veterans day and included a photo of my great uncle while he fought in WWII.
Growing up , we always bought the poppies from the Veterans and wore them proudly that day.

luvsclassics said...

Hi Savannah Granny. Thanks for visiting my Sunday revisited post.

Here is the direct link for My Veterans day post.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Ginger...

What a wonderful post, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week!

I can only imagine how it must stand in this grand place. My grandfather fought in the battle at Omaha beach. At the time, my Dad (his son) was eight years old. I can't imagine how that must have felt either! I'm sooo very thankful to all of those who so bravely fought for our freedom! Thank you again, dear friend...for sharing this touching tribute to our brave men and women!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Babs said...

It always saddens me that so many died to preserve our freedom and were buried on foreign ground. God bless them all, and their families. Beautiful post.

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