/ June 6, 2014
Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day – June 6, 1944 – June 6, 2014
“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you….I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” - Order of the Day, 6 June, 1944 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Mr. B and I recently traveled on an AmaWaterways river cruise from Paris to Normandy. Visiting Normandy was on our bucket list and this trip had very special meaning, particularly for Mr. B. While we stood on Omaha Beach on our 12th wedding anniversary, the visit to these memorials where so many men and women lost their lives was profound. Travel impacts people in different ways and while this trip was also to write about the river cruise, food, and wines of this region, one of the reasons we are able to visit this beautiful region in France today is in part due to what happened 70 years ago on these stunning beaches in Normandy.