Monday, May 25, 2015

Remembering D-Day

Some years ago, we have the great good fortune to visit the D-Day beaches, primarily the American sectors of Utah, Omaha and Pont-du-Hoc.

Along the way we stumbled onto several spaces of quiet poignancy: a British cemetery at Bayeux, a German cemetery at La Cambe, and a Canadian cemetery set amidst the beautiful countryside of Beny-sur-mer.

It was the policy of the British Commonwealth, I believe,  to allow families to inscribe brief epitaphs on the stones: moving, powerful feelings carved into stone that still resonate more than 70 years later. I've included a few of those at the end.
Omaha Beach, the German view
Omaha Beach
Utah Beach

Utah Beach

Utah Beach

American cemetery Colleville-St. Laurent, overlooking Omaha Beach


American cemetery Colleville-St. Laurent, overlooking Omaha Beach

American cemetery Colleville-St. Laurent, overlooking Omaha Beach

American cemetery Colleville-St. Laurent

British cemetery Bayeux

British cemetery Bayeux

British cemetery Bayeux

German cemetery La Cambe


Canadian cemetery Beny-sur-Mer

Canadian cemetery Beny-sur-Mer

S. C. Woodroffe
Always and always
"Snooks"

R. L. Morton
A beautiful future planned
Only to end in a dream. Dear,
 My thoughts are ever of you
And what might have been

C. G. Steadman
Greater love
Hath no man than this
That a man lay down his life
For his friends

W. G. McAllister
Not forgotten, Glen Dear,
Nor ever shall you be,
 While life and memory last
We shall remember thee

H. J. Sharples
He gave his all
For the decent things
Of life.
Remembered by all

J. Klippenstein
Remembered in death
As in life
By his wife
And daughter Shirley

A. C. McQuarrie
Beautiful memories
Cherished forever
Of happy days spent together
God bless you, darling Allan

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