We made the trip to Omaha beach and the World World Two memorial. I found it much more moving than I'd expected. I knew roughly what I was in for (I mean, who hasn't seen Saving Private Ryan), but whoah did it really sink in hard what out soldiers did out there. Part of what compounded the effect what walking around the Duo Normand's start town of Marigny, and experiencing the lasting gratitude the residents of that town feel towards Americans. Marigny was almost leveled during the American offensive called Operation Cobra. To push the Germans back from the Norman peninsula, allied bombers basically bombed the ever-loving tar out of a bunch of towns that served as German strongholds. After the war, American towns formed partnerships with French towns, and sent money and supplies to help with the rebuilding. Westport, Connecticut basically funded the reconstruction of Marigny, France, and the citizens are still grateful to this day. Here we are in the paper touching the Operation Cobra memorial in Marigny:
Anyway, here are some photos of our WWII outing.