A Tribute to D-Day.
Tomorrow marks the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Like every year, Bayeux celebrates its liberation and honors those who fought and fell for freedom.
The above image by Seth Taras from the Know Where You Stand series created for the History Channel, dramatically illustrates how I feel when walking down the calm Normand coast. My daughter is too small to understand this region’s historical significance, but we do. My husband’s family, his grandparents and parents, were greatly impacted by the war and I feel very fortunate to have heard their direct accounts. Enjoying the serene beaches that are only lightly freckled now with a few leftover bunkers and artificial harbours, one can’t help thinking about what happened here in 1944. To them, we shall forever be grateful.
Next year, Bayeux is planning a huge celebration in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I hope our Tour will be ready to host something in some shape or form. Even if it’s just a small family dinner in order to give thanks and be with loved ones.
- If you’re in Normandy this year, here’s a very comprehensive list of commemorative activities in and around Bayeux from D-Day Overlord.com
- And more from Bayeux’s official tourist site.
- A short New York Times travel piece on Bayeux and D-Day sites. If you’re planning a visit to Normandy, the comments are particularly informative.
- Historical expert Jo Teeuwisse also creates superimposed images of WW2. Her project combines old negatives with their Normand setting as seen today.
- Lovely personal stories about one English family’s ties to Normandy and WW2 from Characters from the Kitchen.