D-Day Landings/Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944

The Cliffs of Normandy

Fifty years after, walking on flat ground above
the water, vast to the sight and empty yet, steel blue, placid
like the black cows grazing on the furrowed field
sky a colored mirror
watching, waiting, breath bated –
for an eye blink’s vision clicking quickly into clear focus –
armada of liberation, filling the sea
idea so daring, it stuns still
conceived and carried out with brilliant care
burden of risk bearing great hope
present sacrifice agreed exchange for future life

Aerial view of Pointe du Hoc 6:30 am June 6, 1944 from Spitfire, LC Denton

present day with memorial

Rangers scale La Pointe du Hoc


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12 Responses to D-Day Landings/Normandy Invasion June 6, 1944

  1. Monica says:

    OK – you are motivating me

  2. SandySays1 says:

    I sure can understand – Grand Kids are a distraction! Just wanted you to know that I sincerely enjoy your posts.

  3. Monica says:

    So nice of you, Sandy. I appreciate it so much. I need to get back in the habit of posting. A new – first – grandchild and a backpacking trip to Yellowstone have been taking me to another dimension. I don’t switch gears well.

  4. SandySays1 says:

    Miss you when you don’t post

  5. Monica says:

    You are just right about this, Andro. Such a good thought.

  6. Gray Dawster says:

    Yes it must have been a little strange hearing German voices but also refreshing I think, as we all remember our fallen together, which bodes well for the present and future. Thank you for replying my dear friend, I know I have been a hopeless friend around here for simply ages. I am hoping to correct this 🙂
    Have a nice start to your week Monica.
    Andro xxx

  7. Monica says:

    Thank you, Andro – your presence here is so welcome! Hope you are flourishing. I have photographs from a visit a few years back but could not find them. Now the site is a monument, which is good, I guess. But I liked seeing nothing but the bunkers, the empty sea, and the cows. A bus of young German men arrived while we were inside the bunkers; it was quite strange to hear German spoken and interesting that they wished to visit.

  8. Monica says:

    I agree, Sandy. A mind-blowing accomplishment.

  9. Gray Dawster says:

    A fantastic posting my dear friend Monica,
    and some really good photographs to accompany
    it. Those uncertain times must have been
    overwhelming for the majority of soldiers fighting,
    and we will always remember the fallen.

    Have a lovely Tuesday my lovely friend.


    Andro xx

  10. SandySays1 says:

    They did so much, in total anonymity, for so many. The least we can do is remember. Thank you!

  11. Monica says:

    Yes, Bluebee. Making it tolerable was, I think, the shared conviction of necessity and duty. Something that did not exist in later wars.

  12. beeblu says:

    How miserable it must have been for those men.

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