June 6, 1944

D-Day. The day the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.

Normandy Invasion Beaches. Image from France-for-Visitors.com

We traveled to France a couple of years ago.  We had a convoluted trip, but when we finally reached the beaches, I was surprised.  There were long stretches of beach, but little to no sign of a battle ever have been fought there.  Kids playing on the beach, horse back riders, and fisherman in the water.  Beachfront property.  Graffiti on the retaining wall.  Remnants of piers, but not from WWII.

Graffiti at Juno Beach

Horseback riders along the sand. Fishermen in the background.

We visited Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches.  The pictures above were taken at Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed during the invasion.  Had we planned our trip a little better, we would have made it to the American beaches, Omaha and Utah, before sunset.

Gold beaches were very sobering.  There are remnants there of the Nazi fortifications and Mulberries in the ocean.  A Mulberry is an artificial harbor built for the invasion.

Mulberries for an artificial harbor near Arromanches

The beaches run into cliffs that the soldiers had to climb in order to breach the Nazi fortifications.  Gold Beach was part of the British invasion.  Can you imagine what it must have been like to try to climb those hills with bullets and bombs raining down upon you?

Gold Beach, Normandy

The terrain was progressively worse along the coastline to the west.  I can only imagine what Omaha and Utah must have been like, although I’ve been told that Saving Private Ryan is a good description.

Today marks another historic day in World War II history.  The Normandy beaches are really a humbling place to visit.  It’s another reminder of the price of freedom.


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30 Days of Thanks: Day 1

I saw this on Carla’s page and thought I would give it a go as well.  I have no plans to abandon 30 Days of Creativity, as I am having a lot of fun with that but events of yesterday have put into perspective how important it may be for me to run this project.  It may well also help with my depression.

So you may be wondering, what happened yesterday?  Well, I went and did my normal shopping run at Walmart.  I put my groceries in the car and returned the cart.  But my mind must have been elsewhere because I left my purse in the cart.  I didn’t discover this until I got home.  My purse, with my wallet, phone and spare meds… all missing.  I looked all over the car.  I drove back to Walmart.  It wasn’t in the cart return.  I went inside and waited in line at customer service.  It felt like it took forever!

I asked if anyone had turned in a black leather purse and they produced it immediately.  My iPhone was still there.  I opened my wallet to show them my ID.  All my cards were still there.  I didn’t have any cash, so there wasn’t any to lose.  (I am canceling my credit cards, just in case.)  Everyone around me was so happy for me.  The ladies behind the counter and the lady behind me in line.  I just kept saying thank you.  One of the employees told me she knew the customer who turned it in – a nice fellow with a baby.  No recrimination like you might find in some parts of the country.  I’ve been saying thank you all day.

The weirdest part was that even though I couldn’t find my purse when I got home, I didn’t panic.  Somehow I felt that it would be alright. And if it wasn’t, well, at least I could get a new driver’s license picture.  (How’s that for bizarre?)

Anyway, here’s a shout-out thanks to the man with the baby who found my purse! 🙂

 

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