Do you know where this beach is? It may look like so many other beaches — beautiful but not distinctive. But when you hear the name, you will probably know of it. This is Omaha Beach in France, the place of fierce fighting on D-Day in 1944. Today it is peaceful, lovely.
A museum at these beaches displays this note, written by an army colonel from a landing craft out in the channel. He had anxiously watched the attack. Finally, he was able to send a positive report of thanks.
This, I thought, is what we can be thankful for. A young generation lives in freedom today, carefree and unaware of what happened in this place to ensure that kind of life. President Ronald Reagan summed it up in a tribute to the men who fought here:
These are the boys of Point du Hoc;
These are the men who took the cliffs.
These are the champions who helped free a continent.
These are the heroes who helped end a war.
My Thanksgiving holiday this year will be a little richer with thanks because of my sobering visit to the D-Day beaches.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Last photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk_2312. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme song this week is “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone.