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#349745 06/05/2021 08:17 PM
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Well collectors,Its been 77 yrs this Sunday! D-Day anniversary June 6,1944

Just want to thank all veterans from all times!

And the boys who lost their lives and the ones who made it!


Service,sacrifice!

Americans,British,soldiers from Canada!

Please take time and remember!!

I heard the number is dwindling fast of the survivors!

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I spent a day in 2009 on a beach house next to Dog sector on Omaha Beach in a two story beach house my son and I spent the evening til the sun went down exploring the beach and dunes and 8th USAAF landing field . Great museum on Omaha beach I recommend that everyone go at least once humbling experience second to none Bayeaux was very quaint lots of history the Omaha cemetary is peaceful and tranquil. regards Ryan

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I first visited Omaha Beach in 1950 as a 7 year old. There were still big rusting piles of tanks, jeeps, beach obstacles, you name it. (These disappeared quickly as the Korean war escalated and scrap metal once again had value.) Most of the Allied and German grave yards were still the temporary ones, not the later ones. Dad took me back a couple of times in the next 3 years as we lived in the suburbs of Paris.

Later - 1978-81 - I lived in Paris working for Caterpillar. I visited Normandy each Summer. The scrap metal was gone and the graveyards quiet, respectful, and still sad. there were a couple of good museums by then. Saint Mere Eglise had replaced the broken stained glass with new ones showing US Airborne soldiers. I also visited the Orne River Bridge or Pegasus Bridge

As Ryan mentions, Bayeux is not only quaint, but has the Bayeux Tapestry, a long narrow tapestry done after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Nearby is Falaise Castle, where William the Conqueror was born. On the West side of the Cotentin Peninsula is Mont-Saint Michel, the famous tidal island. There is not only much history in Normandy, but some of the best food in the world.

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Dave I can only imagine how the beach was during that time period. What great memories to have shared with your father I'm envious thanks for sharing cheers and best, R

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I have a local 50th commemorative bottle of Omaha beach Calvados (apple brandy for which Normandy is famous) celebrating D-Day 1994 I will send a pic to post I remember visiting a Calvados producer as we walked up from the Omaha beach museum cheers and best, R

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Very interesting discussion!

Ryan

In Canada do folks still honor D-Day? What I mean is does it still get much play? Canada lost many boys also!

Daggers are fun but many don't bother to pay respect to the boys and at least mention them!

We have folks from Canada,US,England and it was a big deal! Real big deal!

Just thought more with take the time to give thanks!


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Hi Paul I have a group of friends who are jump qualified and members of the reserve. They still travel to Normandy to honor Juno beach A number of them took part in the commemorative jump over the original drop zones Unfortunately remembrance of D Day is not what it once was................. the appreciation respect and interest from the newer generation isn't there..........


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