By Mel & Karen Ray
"We took many pictures today as we relived the stories of the Normandy landings, Tuesday June 6, 1944 ... the success and failures of the operation boggles one's mind ... ... it is extremely difficult to select a precious few snapshots to convey the experience. Below are 4 picturess focused on the infamous cliff where our Rangers fought a fierce battle to knock out the German command bunker (casement). A second email with PICs of the US Cemetery will follow."
BIG DAY !!! ... one of the main reasons for joining this cruise ... up early and a lengthy bus ride to the Normandy Beaches ... we had a splendid female guide ... extremely knowledgeable and ability to share/provoke emotions as we traced/visited the ferocious battles of D-Day 1944.
Every American should visit this spot where phenomenal achievements were made and world history occurred in such a short time period ... each person that visits the battle scenes and the massive grave sites must deal with the experience individually ... emotions are personal as you see, touch and recreate in you mind the pride we have for those that gave all for our freedom ... ... if you have not visited Normandy, you should !!! and have this experience ... you will understand!
The thoughts, stories & emotions of each beach ... Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno & Sword ... will burn into your mind and heart.
Exhausted, we returned to the riverboat for drinks & dinner with friends (old & new) ... then easy dancing to our boat's keyboard player/singer.
AmaLegro remained overnight in Rouen.
Mel & Karen