Memorial Day 2009

Memorial Day (Monday) honors all the men and women who have died in military service in the defense of our country. There were 1,465 USA deaths in the Battle of Normandy. In addition, 2,700 UK soldiers and 500 Canadian soldiers died. It is estimated that between 4,000 and 9,000 German soldiers died.D-Day, June 6, 1944, is a very important day in American history. Here is one of the photos I made of “Omaha” Beach on a rainy day in 2002. This is where many American soldiers landed.

"Omaha" Beach in Normandy. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

"Omaha" Beach in Normandy. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A visit to this area and especially to the American cemetery helps us realize what a great debt we owe to those who gave their lives while fighting for freedom. A few years ago, prior to his death, I visited regularly with a veteran of World War II who was at Normandy. I enjoyed hearing him talk about the war, and asking him questions. I was always encouraged when I left his home.

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy. Photo by F. Jenkins.

The American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy. Photo by F. Jenkins.

We should not apologize for what happened here. We must never rewrite this history!

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One response to “Memorial Day 2009

  1. Thanks for the memory, it can’t be repeated too often. Lest we forget. If anyone is visiting Normandy in 2009 for the D-Day memorial ceremonies, there is a very complete list here:

    http://visitnormandy.wordpress.com/

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