Guest Post by Mel & Karen Ray:
BIG DAY !!! … one of the main reasons for joining this cruise … up early and a lengthy bus ride to the Normandy Beaches … we had a splendid female guide … extremely knowledgeable and ability to share/provoke emotions as we traced/visited the ferocious battles of D-Day 1944.
Every American should visit this spot where phenomenal achievements were made and world history occurred in such a short time period … each person that visits the battle scenes and the massive grave sites must deal with the experience individually … emotions are personal as you see, touch and recreate in you mind the pride we have for those that gave all for our freedom … … if you have not visited Normandy, you should !!! and have this experience … you will understand!
The thoughts, stories & emotions of each beach … Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno & Sword … will burn into your mind and heart.
Exhausted, we returned to the riverboat for drinks & dinner with friends (old & new) … then easy dancing to our boat’s keyboard player/singer.
AmaLegro remained overnight in Rouen.
Mel & Karen
We took many pictures today as we relived the stories of the Normandy landings, Tuesday June 6, 1944 … the success and failures of the operation boggles one’s mind … … it is extremely difficult to select a precious few snapshots to convey the experience. Below are 4 PICs focused on the infamous cliff where our Rangers fought a fierce battle to knock out the German command bunker (casement). A second email with PICs of the US Cemetery will follow.