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Step by step walk the thousand mile road
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As I noted in my This is London Calling thread in the Lounge, I was given the opportunity to visit Normandy, France.

I plan on a much longer post detailing what I saw and learned from my three days in Normandy, but I wanted to share a taste of the images collected by my camera.

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Sir, I saw a sign back thataways that said...





This is the Paratrooper's Memorial located outside St. Mere Eglise (49°24'5.20"N 1°21'46.43"W). I met an American family there who all but adopted me. I plan to make Leo, the patriarch, a pen pal. Despite being from Brooklyn, I think they'd fit in here like old old hands. More about them later.



I have to admit, I kept swallowing the emotions I felt everywhere I went as the magnitude of the debt we owe those 18-30 year old men sank in.

It was quite an experience.



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I visited Normandy on 5 Jun 2015. It is an experience I think every American should have. (I think everyone should visit Arlington National Cemetery, too, and one or more of the American cemeteries in Europe.)

I think this photo says it all for me

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by David Casteel, on Flickr

What a great old gentleman, and just one of the many who fought there.

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More images from Normandy

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Utah Beach, low tide, from the 35' bluff behind the beach



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No pictures, Sig2340.

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At this point in my life, I doubt I'll make it to Europe, but if I do, a tour of Normandy is my first stop, followed by a visit to the American Cemetery in Luxembourg to show my respects to Gen. Patton.


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My great uncle, Estill Sparks is buried at the Luxenbourg Cemetary. My grandfather, his brother made it back. He fought with the 759th Tank Battalion. It's a beautiful Cemetary. Somewhere I have a picture of my grandfather visiting his brothers grave there.
 
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My great uncle, Estill Sparks is buried at the Luxenbourg Cemetary. My grandfather, his brother made it back. He fought with the 759th Tank Battalion. It's a beautiful Cemetary. Somewhere I have a picture of my grandfather visiting his brothers grave there.
Photos of that cemetery in 1980:

07-016--Luxembourg Am. Cem. and Mem.jpg
by David Casteel, on Flickr

07-013--Luxembourg Am. Cem. and Mem.jpg
by David Casteel, on Flickr

07-015--Luxembourg Am. Cem. and Mem.jpg
by David Casteel, on Flickr

The American cemeteries in Europe are beautiful and perfectly maintained. Every American should visit one or more of them--a very emotional experience.

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Thanks! It's a serene place to be laid to rest.
 
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I was just there over the anniversary. When were you there?
 
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I was just there over the anniversary. When were you there?
Depending on what you mean by "there", I was at Normandy on 5 Jun 2015 and at the Luxembourg Cemetery around Apr 1980.

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I was just wondering if Sig2340 and I were there at the same time. Then I saw that his post is from the 2nd so we just missed each other probably. I got there the 3rd.
 
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I was just wondering if Sig2340 and I were there at the same time. Then I saw that his post is from the 2nd so we just missed each other probably. I got there the 3rd.


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