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