June 06, 2004

Normandy

It doesn't look like much, does it? It just looks like any old stretch of beach. I'm convinced that no camera can capture the true look of the place, the true awe you feel standing high above the beach looking down, so far down, at the water and all the impassable terrain in between.




Of course, it looked radically different 60 years ago today. This is Normandy.

Standing here as I did less than a year ago, what stuck me was the fact that more people didn't die. You look at the beach that stretches forever, you take in the hills above and walk through the old German foxholes, and you understand that, for all the planning, whoever came up with this idea was part genius and part nuts. 2,000 Americans died here. Its amazing to me that there weren't more. Thankfully, there weren't.

Posted by Chris at June 6, 2004 08:08 AM
Comments

perhaps the single most poignant moment
of "saving private ryan"
is when sergeant horvath
and captain miller
are on that hill looking down at the beach--
horvath is looking at the sea,
and says, "quite a view"
miller is looking at the corpses
and says, "yes, it's quite a view"

Posted by: stacy at June 6, 2004 11:18 AM

What's sad as well is that now a lot of the vets are getting to old to make the trip each year. (and I know here in Canada the Government didn't help them a whole lot financially to get there this year)

Posted by: Another Pam at June 6, 2004 12:20 PM

I'd really like to get to Normandy. It's such a powerful event in history, I feel I need to visit it at some point. And it gives me an excuse to go to France.

I was very disappointed Saving Private Ryan wasn't on TV though. That was a very moving scene, Stacy. :(

Posted by: Chrissy at June 7, 2004 11:52 AM