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Omaha Beach cemetery in Normandy at Colleville-sur-Mer

Omaha Beach Cemetery Normandy

The Normandy Cemetery overlooking the bluff on Omaha Beach

A couple of days ago it was the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasions in France. 19 years ago, I was fortunate enough to study this great historical even in Normandy as part of the Normandy Scholar Program. I was on hand for the 49th anniversary of the landings that began the liberation of fortress Europe. The feeling of walking the beaches and paying homage to the fallen in the cemetery is an awesome feeling and an experience every American, traveler, and human being should experience.

Historical destinations are usually an after thought for most adventure travelers. Most people travel to a location for other reasons and if there are historical sites, then so much the better. Usually, the history is not the main point of the adventure. I would recommend going to a place like Normandy or a Civil War Battlefield and go for the history first.

Here are a few historical places I have written about on this blog:

Corregidor Island – Philippines

Hiroshima – Japan

Majdanek Death Camp – Poland

The beach has more meaning for Americans due to the horrific sacrifice on the beach that day, but its meaning should be important to everyone. It was the classic good versus evil with humanity winning out over evil, tyranny, and intolerance.

Lt. General McNair Normandy

The highest ranking American officer killed in World War II by friendly fire in Normandy at the Omaha Beach cemetery

Every year we move farther away from this watershed moment in history, we lose more of the participants. It seems we only care about these events now during important milestone years like the 50th and 75th. Take a moment to appreciate the sacrifice this generation made for our freedom and for the same effort troops are making in far corners of the world today. This thought and appreciation can be done on any day, it does not have to only fall on key anniversary dates.

Stay tuned,


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8 Responses to Omaha Beach cemetery in Normandy at Colleville-sur-Mer

  1. Ronna DeLoe June 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks for this very important article. Great job!

    • travelingted June 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

      Thanks Ronna,

      I am fascinated by World War II and especially the D-Day invasion.

  2. Charles Higgins June 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    This article reminds all of us to think and say “thank you”…

    Charles Higgins recently posted..Hangover III movie to be filmed in Vegas

    • travelingted June 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      Exactly Charles, before it is too late as we are losing veterans from this war everyday.

  3. Jeremy Branham June 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I was lucky enough to be in France on the 60th anniversary. I watched the scenes on TV like everyone else but it was special knowing that I was in France when this happened. It was also a sad day because Reagan had just died as well.
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..College Football Travel Tour Stadiums – Williams-Brice Stadium

    • travelingted June 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

      That is cool Jeremy. Did you ever get a chance to make it to Normandy when you were there?

  4. Robb714 June 15, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Thanks for posting this Ted, it is very important to never forget these brave souls for their sacrifice!
    Robb714 recently posted..Handling the Holidays

    • travelingted June 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      I am currently reading a book about D-Day, and every time I read about it I am in awe at what those soldiers did at Omaha Beach. Under the worst conditions imaginable, without leadership, many soldiers made it up that beach, and sadly, many did not.

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