June 06, 1944 — The Longest day!
Please remember all the WW II Veterans, on this day! Particularly those who gave their lives on D-Day and the days after. WW II Veterans are rapidly disappearing! Make a point, to talk to one and thank him/her for their service.
I have visited both Pointe du Hoc and the the Colleville-sur-Mer Cemetery above the Omaha beach landings. I walked around Pointe du Hoc and was in the pill box that has all the KIA 2nd BN's Ranger's names on a plaque on the wall, as well as pock marks from the grenades on the interior. Looked over the barbed wire on the cliff's edge, down to the waters. (Something one can't do now due to erosion, etc.)
At the cemetery I walked among the 'garden of stones,' reading the names and units of the fallen. Of course, the 2nd Ranger BN, 101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne were well represented, as were other line Infantry units. I must admit the tears came, while making this walk.
If you ever visit France be sure to visit the battlefields of Normandy, to include the places I mentioned as well as the museum in Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
Angels of Sainte-Mère-Eglise (A VERY good Video — be sure to watch!)
View of Colleville-sur-Mer Cemetery, above the Utah beach landings:
I will never forget these heroes as long as I live. One of the reason that I went Airborne, and became a Korean War Ranger, was because of the deeds of both the WWII Airborne Troopers and Rangers of WW II.