The American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy

When we visited France a couple years ago I took this photo of a small part of the American cemetery above Omaha Beach where, on D-Day in WWII, so many Americans gave their lives to preserve freedom for us and help bring freedom back to parts of Europe.

Over 9,000 crosses and stars of David stretch across the green hillside that was once a battleground. Seeing the beaches and the cemetery reminded me of all those throughout our history who have fought to preserve freedom and dignity for all.

We must also never forget all those first responders and the health care workers who have helped us through the terrible covid pandemic.

I hope you’ll join me on this Memorial Day, to remember and thank God for all those who have served and given their lives in the military and as first responders to keep the peace and protect us here at home and overseas.

This is a link to an earlier post of mine that has a tribute to my Dad who had just passed away. Although he had to get permission from his parents because he was only 17, he enlisted in the navy in WWII and served in the Pacific.

https://kathythepicturelady.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/the-storm-on-the-sea-of-galilee/

9 thoughts on “The American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in Normandy

  1. JD Wininger

    Beautiful photograph Ms. Kathy. Thank you for honoring our war dead with your kind words ma’am. God’s blessings.

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      Thank you, J.D. It was so moving to walk among all those crosses and stars of David and see the beaches where so many young men lost their lives. I’m glad we have a day like Memorial Day to remember them and others who have given their lives for us.

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  2. Katherine Pasour

    Thank you for your message, Kathy. My father served in Europe in WWII. He landed at Omaha Beach following D-Day. My blog this week also focuses on remembering and honoring those who sacrificed so much for God and country. I don’t think we can ever thank them enough.

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      Katherine, I read your blog and can’t begin to imagine what your Dad went through. You did a wonderful job with a very hard topic, and I appreciated your transparency! Seeing that beach which today is so peaceful and then going to the cemetery were such moving experiences for my husband and me. His dad served in Europe.

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    2. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      You are so right, Katherine. Your Dad must have experienced some very difficult things as the Allies strove to move inland from Normandy!There were so many dangerous obstacles on the way to Paris and beyong. I read your blog and appreciated your insights and reminder to remember and honor those heroes who have given their lives for our freedoms.

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  3. Jeannie Waters

    Kathy, thank you for sharing your visit and reminding us to be grateful for heroes of the past and present. Like your dad, my dad needed parental permission to enlist. He served in the Army in Germany and Belgium.

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    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      Isn’t it amazing how that generation stepped up with such courage and perseverance to meet the world’s needs both around the world and here at home! Your Dad must have gone through many hard experiences. I’m glad we have Memorial Day to honor those who died as well as all those who served.

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