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I spotted this barn the other day. We have had some beautiful skies lately. I thought of SkyWatch Friday. Then I focused on the fences and Good Fences came to mind. When I zoomed in on the barn I saw the horses, and of course I thought of Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.
We came across another beautiful horse a little later on.
I am very late in sharing these photos from our trip to Europe, the reason being I have had a prolonged respiratory infection for the last two-and-a-half months. It arrived a week after I returned home from Europe and ever since I have been relying on many posts that had been set up even before our holiday, to open up each day. This is the reason I have been so late posting our vacation photos. I know I am way behind and family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic have been waiting for them. I will share more over the next few weeks, along with any up-to-date ones I have taken in the meantime.
Our holiday started off in France and we had a wonderful few days in Paris which have already been posted. These today will be about the 70th D-Day Anniversary Ceremonies. It was an incredible time from start to finish and an event we were very honored to attend with Gregg's Dad taking part. For those who haven't read any of my posts about this event, my Father-in-Law was on a ship, USS Corry, that was sunk off Normandy on D-Day.
On June 6th we had to get up at 3.00 a.m., so that we could drive to where dozens of buses would take us the several miles to the Normandy American Cemetery. No cars were allowed unless you had a special pass. When we arrived it took a while for us to be able to board and each bus had its own police escort. We were dropped off at the parking area and these photos will show you what followed. As mentioned in previous posts, it was very heartwarming to see dozens of people, not only French but many nationalities, including Americans, who stopped my Father-in-Law and other Veterans to thank them. Every few feet someone would stop him wanting to shake his hand, for a word, an autograph, a photograph. These are a a few of the many photos our son took on our way down to the ceremony. He had experienced this before when he accompanied his Grandfather for the 60th D-Day Anniversary and had told us what to expect. It was a very emotionally charged day.
The French lady in the next photo had asked to have a photo taken with her twins. She said they might not remember this day but when they were old enough to understand, she would tell her children about D-Day and what it meant to them. This was not the only lady we met with small children; all said much the same thing.
The NBC news crew needed more footage for their D-Day show to be televised in the States that evening.
There were many people who had come from other countries dressed in GI Uniforms and other styles of 40's clothing. It was like stepping back in time.
This is Celia who was helping this man with some information.
Gregg's Dad was proud to shake the hands of two Vietnam Vets. He also saw service in Vietnam.
The following was given to him by a young Frenchman. We were all very touched by this very special gift. I deleted his name for privacy.
These two men in GI Uniforms were actually from Belgium.
Before the speeches took place, a wave for his Grandson. Brad was able to get pretty close to the stage before having to be seated.
The Veterans and President Obama and President Hollande.
President Obama and President Hollande giving their speeches.
We were sitting way back but thankfully our son was able to take this photo from one of the large screens of President Obama shaking his Papa's hand.
President Obama and President Hollande leaving
At the end of the events we went to the tent where everyone waited until it was time to get buses back to their cars. Nancy Pelosi walked through and shook a lot of Veterans hands. In these photos you can see Celia, Gully and Tom with Mrs. Pelosi with the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Both of them were very nice to Gully and the other veterans.
But at the end of the day I think this photo speaks as to the reason we were all here, to remember those who never made it home. We were able to walk around the cemetery and as you might imagine it was very emotional. No one was able to speak.
After this long day it was time to make our way back to the house. Everyone was exhausted but it was a good exhaustion if you know what I mean. Our family realized what an honor it was to accompany Gregg's Dad, that this was a once in a lifetime experience for us all. I thought I would end my post with a rather touching photo of Great-Grandpa with his Great-Granddaughter. I'm sure that when she is old enough to understand, her mom and dad will tell her about D-Day and the time she visited Normandy with her beloved Great-Grandfather.