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06-06-2014 10:23 AM

A great thank you to all who 70 years ago came to liberate not only my country France but all Europe.
Year after year I remember of you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-06-2014 01:01 PM

I, too, am grateful for those who did, and also for those who remember them, and why they did it.

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#2 posted 06-06-2014 01:35 PM

We were just repaying you for France’s critical assistance with our little 1776 insurrection against King George.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#3 posted 06-06-2014 02:52 PM

Paying back with interests

-- Bert

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#4 posted 06-06-2014 09:46 PM

Not too many of them left Bert…for those that never had the opportunity but want a truly memorable experience, France has retained most of what was Omaha beach (I don’t know why they call sheer cliffs a beach). And they maintain a museum in Caen that I think one could spend a week in and probably not see it all. I have to add that the hospitality in that part of the country was great (I guess Normandy is to France what the midwest or south is to the US). And finally, that cemetary…it’s pushing 80 here but for some reason I got a chill at the memory.

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#5 posted 06-06-2014 09:53 PM

Yes, I have been to all these places several times, extremely moving

-- Bert

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 02:52 PM

I ran across this and thought it was pretty cool. Past and present photos of the D-Day.

-- Tom southern MI

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 03:34 PM

Everyone who participated in the D-Day operation was a true hero. It needs to be discussed and instilled in our children the sacrifices that these people made. It is more important today to do this than at anytime since.


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#8 posted 06-08-2014 04:42 PM

Tom, Thank you for the pictures, I truly enjoyed them.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 04:50 PM

As Jackie Gleason used to say, “Baby, you’re the greatest !”

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 05:07 PM

“Baby, you’re the greatest !” ?????

-- Bert

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#11 posted 06-09-2014 12:53 AM

Bert—I really appreciate your heartfelt expression of thanks.

My father was 35 years old when he was drafted in January, 1944 as part of the buildup for Operation Overlord. He told my mother, brother and sister that he would try to stay in touch with them so they would know where he was. To this end, he carried a one-dollar bill and on the face of it he wrote the name of every place he could remember, starting with Omaha Beach. He folded it in four and enclosed it a letter back home. My mother dutifully noted the places, folded it, and enclosed it in a letter back to him. His dollar made several trans-Atlantic voyages as the war raged on. The censors never caught on, and his dollar, with all of those place names where so many laid down their lives for freedom, is perhaps my most prized possession.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 06-09-2014 01:07 AM

“When in 1966 Charles de Gaulle ordered France out of NATO and American troops off French soil, Secretary of State Dean Rusk asked him if that included the American soldiers lying dead in the cemeteries at Normandy and throughout France”

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 06-09-2014 01:17 AM

poopiekat, thank you for reading my post and for caring enough to comment.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 06-09-2014 01:27 AM

Wish I could get back to France soon, found the average Parisian distasteful to deal with but really enjoyed touring the north of the country by bicycle. Very welcoming and friendly. Not much different then dealing with downstaters here in NY then coming north. I’m glad the US went and helped, unfortunately I’ve had to do too many ww II vets’ funerals, one gentleman strived to make it through memorial day this year and let go the next day, just amazing the strength they still have.

-- A posse ad esse

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