D-Day: A Beginning of the End

A day that changed the world, a day that changed everything for our country and every other country we called our allies in World War II.

An opportunity offered to a group from LSS (Logistics Support Squadron) RAF Marham; to take a step back in time, to experience, to feel and to get a real sense of what it was like for the courageous men of WWII on D-Day June 6th 1944 in Normandy, France.

A busy schedule was planned for the guys and girls from LSS with just three days allocated to fit in 21 sites of significance. Each place holding memories of relentless action, acts of courage, gallantry and bravery, other visits included a chance for the group to remember, reflect and be moved at the sight of thousands upon thousands of headstones. Some, with words of love and thoughts of remembrance, others held nothing but the  words “A Solider / An Airman / A Sailor of the War 1939-1945 War, Known Unto God.” A sombre experience. At every location a stand was given for each one of the group to give a presentation and to pass on knowledge to one another which they had researched.

DAY ONE
• Pegasus Bridge
• Musée Mémorial Pegasus
• Ranville cemetery 2562 graves and Ranville Church
• Merville Battery
• Sword Beach
• Sword Beach Museum
• Juno Beach (Canadian)
• Juno Beach Museum

DAY TWO
• Longues-sur-Mer Battery
• Mulberry Harbour
• Gold Beach
• Bazenville
• Bayeux Commonwealth Cemetery 4,648 graves
• Omaha Beach Vierville
• La Pointe du Hoc

DAY THREE
• Utah Beach
• Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach
• La Cambe Cemetery (German) 21,222 graves
• Sainte-Mère-Église
• Colleville-sur-Mer Cemetery (American) 9,387 graves
• Port En Bessin

The whole experience was full of exploration and emotion. June 4th, 2015 marks the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landing. I for one will be paying tribute to the men and women who fell that day and every day fighting in  Normandy for the name of freedom, peace and consolidation it really was a day that was the beginning of the end for Great Britain and its allies.

 

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