Sights in Normandy—Pictures from 2 D Day Anniversary Trips
By Hank Schrader, USMA ’71, Europe Destination & Europe River Cruise Expert
75 years ago today, the Allies invaded France in the Normandy region to start the defeat of Germany. We have been lucky to lead 2 Anniversary Trips (the 70th and 75th) to Normandy.
I could tell about the massive effort to assemble and train the invading force, the detailed planning and super human effort of the soldiers involved, but perhaps we should see the results of their sweat, blood, sacrifice of these soldiers by looking at Normandy in two Anniversary Celebrations from some of our pictures. Normandy is free today and they have never forgot the cost to make them free.
The soldier’s deeds on that day allowed Normandy to be reborn. In Europe, the best concentration of museums, memorials and preserved sites from WW II are in Normandy. When you add in the re-enactors and equipment displays, it is almost overwhelming how good this festival celebration is—I can’t tell how much I recommend a trip here.
The other part of this is a question we are often asked--why go back a second time or more on a trip or river cruise in Europe?—I think our pictures will show you how easy it is to really miss an important aspect of a site or experience and why we keep returning to learn and see more.
So, let’s take a journey through our pictures of 5 years past and this year’s celebration to see a festival that no one will forget!
Churchill War Rooms
Imperial War Museum
Caen Memorial Museum
Mont St, Michel
Longues-sur-Mer Coastal Gun Battery
Pointe du Hoc
Ste. Mere Eglise Airborne Museum
Ste. Mere Eglise
My Final Thoughts
Wow—an unmatched experience in my opinion! This quick over view does not really do each stop justice, so later this year I will write and provide pictures about some of these stops in detail. Thanks for reading and thanks to the 33 folks we led—it was awesome!
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HANK is a certified Western European Destination Specialist (DS) who has been traveling to Europe for 48 years. He is also an Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC), conferred by the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). This recognized expert in cruise and leisure travel is a retired Army Officer, and taught World Geography for 8 years. He is a `71 graduate of West Point and has earned 2 master’s degrees. His other Certifications:
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