A photo story of Normandy

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One of the many small roads out the beaches that have been renamed for a fallen soldier

U-boat and Memorial at Utah Beach

U-boat and Memorial at Utah Beach

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A bunker at Utah Beach

Pont du Hoc

Pont du Hoc

Memorial at Pont du Hoc

Memorial at Pont du Hoc

Stone sayings at Pont du Hoc

Stone sayings at Pont du Hoc

This trip I find very difficult to put into words. Over the three days we were in Normandy, France, back in July we saw and experienced so much history.

The only thing I want to say about this trip in words instead of pictures is this: if you have never gone on an historical vacation, particularly one where it speaks of human bravery and sacrifice, it is a sacred and sobering experience that everyone should have. To stand in the places where men – thousands of men – gave their lives for what they believe on behalf of others, to look out on the never-ending stones at the cemetery, and to hear the stories retold on our jeep tour of both fear, failure, and victory was something I can’t quite capture to relate to you, even if I shared every word from my journal. So take the time in your lifetime to visit such a profound place whether it be Operation Overlord in Normandy, France, the Battle of CorregidorĀ in the Philippines, the battlefields of the American Civil War, or some other site where men have fought sacrificially and bravely. Let the magnitude of loss make you grieve. Let the stories of bravery and sacrifice make you inspired. And let the unlikely tales of mercy make you contemplate the same mindset (for one such specific tale that we heard, visit a link to the church of Angoville-au-Plain to hear about 2 medics in a church nearĀ St. Mere Du Mont).

the crosses at the American Cemetery

the crosses at the American Cemetery

our amazing Jeep tour with Jean Ferroliet

our amazing Jeep tour with Jean Ferroliet

the church in Angoville-au-Plain

the church in Angoville-au-Plain

Memorial at Omaha Beach

Memorial at Omaha Beach

Our personal memorial with my husband's jump boot on Normandy beach. We did not leave the boot there, but we wanted to remember in a photo at least the place where so many brave men set their feet for the last time in their lives. Honor the fallen. Remember how they gave their lives for other's freedom.

Our personal memorial with my husband’s jump boot on Omaha beach. We did not leave the boot there, but we wanted to remember in a photo at least the place where so many brave men set their feet for the last time in their lives. Honor the fallen. Remember how they gave their lives for other’s freedom.

A Pause for a Poem – “Imperfect Soldier”

Just felt like sharing one of my older poems I wrote. Been feeling a little bit like I can’t keep up, I’m not doing my best, I’m not necessarily failing at what I do, but I am not all-together happy with the end results either. If you, too, are feeling this way, I hope these words lift you up a little and point you in the right direction.

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photo taken on my way home one evening