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Old Jul 28, 2008, 7:21 AM   #1
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Our travels have taken us to northwest France and the beaches of Normandy. Here are a few shots. If you would like to see more go to http://picasaweb.google.com/glenn2shelia/Normandy08

We start with the momument at Pointe du Hoc situated between Omaha and Utah beaches. It was attacked and taken by Lt Col James Earl Rudder and a band of army rangers on June 6, 1945.



The remains of a "smaller" gun now resting on Utah beach



A memorial housing 13 stones, 1 from each of the participating nations, including the Axis, pledging peace.



The German cemetery holding the remains of 21,222 German soldiers



And finally a shot of the American cemetery. There are 28 cemeteries, mostly British,all over Normandie,holding the remains of soldierswho took part in this history changing battle.



A small tribute to arguablythe most important battle of the 20th century.

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Old Jul 28, 2008, 8:29 AM   #2
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Glenn:

Nice job with thealbum. My family and I visited Normandy the summer before we returned to the US (1988), and I was very impressed with the whole area. It is very disquieting to know so many individuals lost their life on theses beaches.
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Thanks for the comments, tsquare. It is definately worth the trip, although certainly not fun in the normal, vacation sense of the word.

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Very moving, Glenn. Your Picasa galleryis extremely poignant, too.

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Thank you Dennis. The whole place really pushes the emotional buttons.

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Excellent pictures Glenn, seeing Europe and all that history is among my fondest dreams. The gallery is excellent too. Thanks for sharing them.

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Thanks Tim.
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