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 led 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!