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dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | 06/05/2013 | Staff

Posted on 06/05/2013 8:24:20 PM PDT by Route395

Today we traveled from Caen, to Sainte-Mere-Eglise, home to the museum for the United States Airborne troops from WW2.

The town was abuzz with dozens and dozens of U.S. Military jeeps and tanks. Every one of them driving the streets, yes, driving. These are all WW2 hardware, which was never returned to the U.S, and have been restored to pristine, war era condition.To add to the realism, dozens and dozens of men were dressed in U.S. military uniform, the same worn during the D Day invasion.

Honestly, it was difficult to not believe these men/actors, weren’t the real thing.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: dday; june6; neverforget; ww2

1 posted on 06/05/2013 8:24:20 PM PDT by Route395
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To: Route395

That is an amazing place. We spent several hours at the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. 10,000 white crosses. A stark cliffside overlook of Omaha beach. It is only by the grace of God that any American crossed that beach alive. Thank you Greatest Generation.


2 posted on 06/05/2013 8:38:10 PM PDT by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: shankbear

We owe them everything...


3 posted on 06/05/2013 8:42:48 PM PDT by Route395
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To: Route395

I was there for the 50th anniversary. The celebrations were amazing. It was a great time to be a sailor.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 8:49:10 PM PDT by pennyfarmer (Your socialist beat our liberal AGAIN.)
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To: shankbear

We went this last April. I was looking at the pictures again today, sending them to friends. I get emotional every time I look at them, and probably always will. The place is staggering.


5 posted on 06/05/2013 9:24:19 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: shankbear

“We spent several hours at the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. 10,000 white crosses.”


There is a similar cemetery in the Manila area called, appropriately, the American Cemetery. High marble pillars in the center with the engraved names and radiating outward 360 degrees, an unending number of white crosses, many of which carried simply “Known But To God.” I felt I was in the most holy of all churches.


6 posted on 06/05/2013 9:30:53 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: cld51860

Normandy Cemetery

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/no.php

Click on photos at bottom of page.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 9:37:51 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Rembrandt

American Battle Monuments Commission

http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries.php

All are moving.


8 posted on 06/05/2013 9:39:30 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Rembrandt
Just outside of Saint Petersburg, Russia (formerly Leningrad) There is a memorial cemetery containing 138 mass graves... I know because I counted every one of them. There are approximately a MILLION people buried there! The victims of Hitler's 900 day siege of Leningrad. Contained in an alcove at the entrance to the cemetery is a copy of Hitler's direct order to the commanding officer of the German army conducting the siege in which he commands the general to utterly destroy the city and to REFUSE to accept any and all offers of the city to surrender.

The army and people of the Soviet Union suffered untold misery and horrors at the hand of the Nazi's.

Needles to say, Hitler and his band of merry murderers are burning in Hell, to this day for their untold crimes against humanity.

9 posted on 06/05/2013 9:47:17 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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Piskarivoskoye Cemetery. “The army and people of the Soviet Union suffered untold misery and horrors at the hands of the Nazis’’.<< Not before they visited misery and horrors on other peoples, and after the war also. Old Joe Stalin was quite content to stroll down the garden path at first with Old Adolph, invading Poland, occupying the Baltic States and starting a war with Finland.


10 posted on 06/05/2013 10:25:09 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa
I agree with everything you said, but the overwhelming majority of the poor souls residing in Piskarivoskoye Cemetery had nothing to do with any of that any more than you or I have anything to do with Obama and all of his ilk.

Joseph Stalin was a wicked, evil man who is also roasting for his own crimes against humanity.

The amazing thing is that Hitler could easily have had the support of the majority of the peoples he conquered throughout Eastern Europe if he had treated them decently. Heck, the Ukrainians cheered the Germans as liberators from the Communists when they first entered the Ukraine. Then the Germans who followed began Hitler's systematic enslavement and destruction of these people as "sub-humans". What an idiot... he could have had everything he was fighting for in Eastern Europe IF only he had come as a liberator instead of a conqueror. After the Holodomor, the Ukrainians were eager for liberation from "Uncle Joe".

11 posted on 06/05/2013 11:17:38 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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“Then the Germans who followed began Hitler’s systematic enslavement and destruction of these people as “sub-humans”.”

After the Berlin Wall fell former Soviet officials admitted that they sent people behind the German lines to harass the occupying troops, with the express intention of turning them against the native populations (and it worked successfully). The reprisals drove the people from the Nazis, though a large number still supported them.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 3:20:47 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2
Can you image Obama on the beaches of Normandy.

One of his minions would find him some rocks and he would make a crescent instead of a cross.

13 posted on 06/06/2013 3:22:53 AM PDT by mware
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To: Route395

https://picasaweb.google.com/VictorySpeedway/DayFourNormandyPartTwo

Visited Normandy in October, 2012.

Until I am unable to travel, I plan on visiting WWII battle sites and memorials every two years.

Next: 2014: Holland, Belgium


14 posted on 06/06/2013 3:23:27 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Route395

My father was with the 5th Army in Rome on this day in history.


15 posted on 06/06/2013 3:24:05 AM PDT by mware
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To: Route395

Here are some photos of Utah Beach / Museum, Pointe du Hoc, and the Airborne Museum in Ste. Mere Eglise:

https://picasaweb.google.com/VictorySpeedway/DayFiveDDayTour


16 posted on 06/06/2013 3:27:53 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: mware

I couldn’t imagine Obama doing anything remotely masculine or American.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 3:37:21 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Peter W. Kessler

That photo album brought back some memories! My wife & I visited in the fall of ‘11, while 2 of my daughters were living in France (English-language teaching assistants - one in Lille, one in Carentan). We had the privilege of meeting and speaking to a British WW2 vet while visiting the museum housing the B-26. He had been an airman and tail-gunner on the B-26, stationed in the Balkans during the war. His son had brought him on the visit, specifically to see it. While he regaled us with a story or two, you could feel and see the pride and emotion he felt standing by the side of that plane once again.

We truly owe that generation a debt of gratitude for their selfless sacrifice.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 6:30:01 AM PDT by Be Free (I believe in gun control. The more people that control their own guns, the safer we'll all be.)
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To: Jmouse007

Well some of those ‘’poor souls’’ were good little commies for sure. The ironic thing about all of it is that a large majority of the suffering Russians experienced they suffered at the hands of other Russians.


19 posted on 06/06/2013 9:45:55 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Route395

‘’We owe them everything...’’<<. Indeed we do. No other generation of young Americans has ever been called on to sacrifice so much and at such a price. Ordinary young men and women from all walks of life who had to put their lives on hold and do something no less extraordinary then save the world. And they did. Many thousands of those young Americans never returned to resume their lives. But they did what they had to do and didn’t complain. We today who live in the peace they fought for are fortunate it was that generation of Americans who loved our country, who knew right from wrong, who understood’’Duty, Honor, Country’’ and saw evil for what it was and didn’t try to find ‘’common ground’’ or moral equivalence with it.World War 2 was the single greatest, most destructive and life altering event in mankind’s existence to date. It’s now enshrined in the pantheon of history and it’s impact will dominate the history before it and the world that came after it. The last surviving eye witnesses to it are leaving this Earth and when they’re gone their stories and the values they had that helped to make them win the war will be gone with them. Every day is Memorial Day, it only takes a moment of quiet reflection to remember those who sacrificed so much to preserve the freedom and the way of life we have that sometimes sadly is taken for granted. God bless them. God bless all our veterans.


20 posted on 06/06/2013 10:21:56 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

Sadly, you are correct... ah the “joys” of Communism.... NOT!


21 posted on 06/06/2013 10:31:25 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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