NORMANDY REVISITED 1993 & MORE
My Shipmates and I decided to return to Normandy, a year before the 50th Anniversary Celebration to avoid the crush of people expected.
For the few of our families and us it was a memorable occasion even though there was no ceremony while the Shipmates and families were at the beach. While I was standing on the beach a French gentleman came by and asked,“Américain?” When I nodded yes, a big smile came on his face and he patted me on my back. The French people on the Normandy peninsula seem to be forever grateful to Americans for liberating them.
There is a wonderful museum on the edge of the beach that depicts the scene at the time of D-Day.
For my Shipmates and I and our families it was a wonderful trip to Normandy.
But that wasn’t all. Alice has relatives in Denmark, many of whom she had never met, and I have relatives in France and Sweden. So, we expanded our Normandy adventure to visit our relatives in those countries.
We experienced lots of sincere hospitality and pleasure during our visits with our European cousins.
There is much to write about but that will have to wait for another opportunity to write again.