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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We Remember . . .

In 2011, we were fortunate to be able to visit Normandy and "The Beaches" and The American Cemetery.    It certainly is hallowed ground.     I'm sharing my first post on this, the Anniversary of D-Day:

Those men who landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944.    It certainly changed the course of the War, it was the beginning of the liberation of France and it cost us dearly in lives lost.

We've been  to Normandy --

A view of Omaha beach from the German view.     The day we were there was quite like the day in June in 1944 . . .

And the beach itself.

Approximately 12,000 Americans lost their lives on this beach.  

And at first were buried here.

Very near Omaha Beach, this first burial site.

I Stand Here Now

I stand here now
Amongst . . .brave men
With whom . . . I've stood before
The last time . . . when we landed
On June 6th of '44
Back then . . .we were all young men
Eighteen or little more
Their lives . . .cut short . . . that morning
On this distant . . . windswept shore
I stand here now . . . and wonder
What would they . . . have become
Had they survived. . . that morning
Their lives . . .  allowed full run
One thing. . . I know . . .for certain
Of which . . . there is . . .no doubt
These brave young men
My pals . . .from then
Would be . . .old
White haired . . .with wrinkled brow
Just like me . . .
As I stand here. . . now
                   Tony Chapman

The American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach . . . American Soil, the burial place of  Nine Thousand Three Hundred and Eighty-seven American Heroes . . .

Some known only to God.

It is eerie being in Normandy, visiting the ceremony and the beaches.    The stretch of beach certainly made a difference in history.    And the brave men who were up to the task knowing full well that they might never return.

We salute all the military who participated in D Day seventy-one years ago.    You certainly understood that "freedom isn't free"!  


Carrie said...

Beautiful post.

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We will never forget! These were indeed brave men.

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