Omaha Beach Sculpture entitled "Les Braves": the tall straight parts in the middle symbolize Freedom, whilst the "wings" on the sides symbolize Hope and Brotherhood. U.S. forces landed here from England on D-Day, June 6th, 1944.
On D-Day, 3000 Americans died on Omaha Beach. "Over the 100 days following D-Day more than [...] 93,000 casualties were evacuated via Omaha Beach." See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_Beach.
"Les Braves" on Omaha Beach
Engraved in this wall by the beach: "1st U.S. Infantry Division: No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty First. Forced Omaha Beach at Dawn 6 June" (1944)
David, Jason and Emily on Omaha Beach.
"Les Braves" Omaha Beach
Jason and Emily on Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach Museum: very near the beach, it was quite impressive. Filled with memorabilia, letters, newspaper articles, propaganda, documents, war supplies, weapons, uniforms, vehicles, bombs, and scenes with life-size mannequins all along the walls, with sound and light effects and barbed wire...and a movie at the end of the tour. http://www.musee-memorial-omaha.com/ This poster was pleading with all the French residents to get as far away as possible as soon as possible from planned bombing sites which would disrupt the Nazi infrastructure.
This poster was a Nazi warning about the dire consequences of aiding or hiding any Allied paratroopers: shooting on the spot for men and concentration camp for women.
Omaha Beach American Cemetery
Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known only to God.
The crosses and Jewish stars are quite pristinely beautiful, especially in contrast against the greenest of grass I've ever seen.
Rows and rows and rows
So many people gave their lives to free others, who didn't even speak the same language
Thank you to all our armed forces.
Thank you for the sacrifice for others.