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National D-Day Memorial Part 2 #WW #SkywatchFriday

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The town of Bedford lost more boys per capita on D-Day than the rest of the nation. If time permits, you may want to watch this National D-Day Memorial video.

Thank you for joining for my mid-week post, Not-so-Wordless Wednesday! Two weeks ago, I shared our adventure to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Let’s continue our stroll. The life-like statues depicting the invasion grabbed my heart. WW 7-26-2016 DSC_6660

In the below photo, you can see the spray of water in the right bottom corner just in front of the Landing Craft. It replicates the sound of bullets hitting the water. It sent shivers down my spine and for an instant my mind transported to the beaches of Normandy.

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Everything about the memorial site pulls me emotionally; just thinking about the bravery and sacrifice is unbelievable.

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The Germans had the upper hand sitting at the top of the cliffs of Normandy, but God lead American servicemen and her allies in this battle to regain Frances’ freedom that day and the beginning of the end of Hitler’s strong hold on Europe. It wasn’t long afterwards the war was over.WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6669

I stood here looking below at the soldiers advancement toward the cliffs and I felt the fear those men felt. Despite the casualties, they kept going determined to crush the Nazis and to liberate France.WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6712

Conquering the cliffs!WW 7-27-2016 DSC_6713The Normandy invasion was known as the Overlord Operation. The monument bears the June 6th 1944 invasion date in the Overlord Arch’s height at 44 feet and 6 inches tall. I think that’s rather cool.

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Under the Overlord Arch inscribed on the floor are these words:

In Tribute to the Valor, Fidelity, and Sacrifice of Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944

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This is just an amazing site. I love this place and all that it represents! The best part is it’s privately funded. That means the U.S. Government can’t tell them how to run or what to or what not to display.

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I liked how I was able to capture France’s flag in the background to the left of the Overlord Arch with this intriguing statue in foreground donated by appreciative Guy Wildenstein to the U.S. for liberating France and giving his parents refuge.

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That concludes our outing at the National D-Day Memorial. I’m looking forward to going back for another photo-op. It’s truly an amazing place and if you’re in the area you then you’ll want to see it.

I’m sharing today’s photo contributions with the Wordless Wednesday community, you can find a listing under Daily Hops at the top of this page, and photo enthusiasts linking with Skywatch Friday.

 

Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and other Friday fun hops. Have a fototastic day!

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Hello kittens & dawgs! Did you miss me while I was a way? The short break was good for me. My site is still under construction so-to-speak. I’m working to repair damaged links and other miscellaneous issues. This is actually a good time with summer blog traffic being so slow.

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National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The statue in the foreground is General Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower. From this perspective you see he’s looking toward the memorial. This is a very powerful and moving spot

My goal is to share at least one or two posts each week while I’m fixing things and doing return visits. I find it difficult to stay on top of things when I have too much stuff in motion.

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Reading the words of General Eisenhower’s pre-invasion speech sent goosies down my spine. A swell of patriotism rising in my chest and lump in my throat. I can’t imagine the fears these men felt knowing the Germans had the advantage with their landing on the beaches of Normandy. Yet they persevered. Frances’ freedom and most of Europe, as well as our own liberty, depended on this major assault against the hostile aggression of the Nazis..

What this means is, chances are very good that I will combo posts. This isn’t all bad. This keeps me in the loop with my regulars during a low peak in Blogosphere, and it gives me a chance to think about future posts. See, not all bad!

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Here, I’m standing in front of the Eisenhower Pavilion in the Reynolds Garden. Etched in the center of this wall is Eisenhower’s invasion speech with names of the fallen soldiers engraved on both sides. More than 9,000 men (nearly 7000 Americans) died that day on the beaches of Normandy.

Over the next few weeks I will share other photos captured and you’re invited back to enjoy more patriotic moments. Visiting the National D-Day Memorial reminds me of all the reasons to celebrate the small things because, if it weren’t for the bravery of many the U.S. and allied countries then life today wouldn’t be the same.

I celebrate the

  • freedom to have a gun.
  • freedom to worship God.
  • freedom to openly offer my opinion or complaints.
  • freedom to pick my healthcare, doctors, where to work or go to school.
  • freedom to buy a car or house.

 

My July 1st BoTB showdown is still open until Sunday night (extending the voting period to accommodate my posts) and if you want, really you should, you can vote for your favorite artist singing Tom Petty’s American Girl. I’m sharing today’s photos with several Wordless Wednesday linkups, which can be found under Photography Hops at the top of my site, as well with the Skywatch Friday team.

You’re invited to link your photo post(s) below and share the love with a tweet out to your friends. 😉

Have a fototastic day!

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