|Omaha Beach in Normandy|
|The steep cliffs above Omaha Beach|
This was an incredible day in the history of World War II. It has been portrayed numerous times on the big screen in Hollywood. However, nothing compares to actually going to Normandy and seeing what the troops had to endure on that day. I was fortunate to have been able to go to Normandy in 2009. My husband is a World War II history buff and he was an excellent guide on our trip. Seeing the steep cliffs and knowing that the troops were facing hostile gun fire from the Germans above was quite impressive. It is even more poignant walking through the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial knowing that most the troops buried there fought in the D-Day battle and will forever rest near the place they lost their lives. It is truly a moving place.
Another impressive place to visit in the Normandy area is Pointe du Hoc. This is where the German's had built casements to house captured French 155mm guns. This area is still riddled with the craters of bombs that exploded during the D-Day invasion.
|The beach below Pointe du Hoc|
|The craters left by bombs|