Over the past week, I spent three days in Bayeux, a small French village near the famous beaches of Omaha and Utah. These were the two beaches the Americans used to land troops in June of 1944 against the Nazi Reich. After experiencing the rich and historic culture that Bayeux had to offer, I took a tour with a French local named Sofie. She took myself along with 7 other Americans to the most famous and significant battle sites in the region that pertained to Operation Overlord. Not only did we see the famous 'Bloody Omaha" where 2000 US soldiers lost their lives, we also followed the Band of Brothers-506th, Easy Company's footsteps along Brecourt Manor, Marmion's Farm, and Carentan. To experience such a vivid, yet violent history is not only a one in a life time experience, but truly affects how you see the image of war. For me, it meant that among violence, there is honor and among death there is sacrifice. I attended the 73rd Anniversary of the beach landings and will gladly return in the future. I will cut this post short however, because this experience meant so much to me, I put together a video of my experiences. For some who have already watched the 20 min excerpt, they have described it as "simply amazing," "difficult and emotional to watch," and a "beautiful tribute to those lost on that fateful day." To all who have a chance to watch it, please contemplate the meaning of bravery, honor, and sacrifice and what it means to live a place where we are free to live the lives we choose thanks to those who spilled blood across the sands of France and throughout Europe.
Here is the link:
Standing Alone, Together. Remembering June 6th.