Well spend the morning at Omaha Beach where the Americans took the German fortifications after a stupendous fight. Losses were especially high in the first wave of landings. Today the American Cemetery stretches along the bluff. We will study the battlefield; cross the beach, analyze the maps and imagine the courage that saved our freedom that day. We will also pay our respects (at the hundreds of crosses and stars of David) to the deceased.
Point-du-Hoc is a sheer cliff some forty meters high where the elite Ranger Force scaled the German breastworks on D-Day. We will spend part of the morning there, trying to fathom how they did it. In the afternoon, well visit Ste.-Mere-Eglise, taken by the American Airborne on D-Day, and hear the stories of the veterans who took it. After, we’ll stop at the Paratrooper Museum.
Upon return to the hotel, we will gather one last time for dinner as a group and bid farewell to Normandy and this wonderful campaign into history.
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