For military families, Memorial Day often means finding a special way to honor those who died in service to our nation.
The beaches of Normandy (Utah, Gold, Juno, Sword, and Omaha) were the scene of the largest amphibious invasion in history. This invasion led to the eventual demise of Hitler and the Nazis, but came at a very high price as thousands of American and Allied service members perished during the invasion.
Many service members and military families feel drawn to visit the beaches of Normandy on the northern coast of France. This area is rich in military history including an American military cemetery, many monuments, and a variety of museums. Though you can read about it in a book or watch a movie about the bravery of those who landed on the beaches on D-Day, nothing is a substitute for putting your feet on the ground in Normandy.
If you’re serious about planning a Normandy trip, we recommend learning more about the monuments and museums that have been erected by the American Battle Monuments Commission. This organization has the great task of guarding America’s overseas cemeteries and memorials and they do a fantastic job!
Rick Steves also provides wonderful insight into a trip to Normandy. He provides information on the best way to get to the area and how to structure your trip.
If this area is on your “must-see” list, here are a few tips:
If you can’t make it overseas, check back later this week as we focus on visiting Veteran cemeteries in the United States.