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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Today we remember and honor those courageous men and women who have served our country to protect our freedom.I am grateful and proud of my father and father-in-law who served in the navy and air force during World War II. 

In two weeks we celebrate the famous invasion of Normandy known as D-Day. It is the 70th year since the event that marked the turning point in the war. There will be several events and commemorations planned in Normandy and guess what? I'll be there! My husband sings in a choir that has been invited to 
perform at some of the 
D-Day venues. 

We've been catching up on WWII movies to get a sense of what happened there. The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan are two of the better known depictions of the invasion.

St. Mer Eglise is the church where the US paratrooper got caught in the church spires. If you look closely at the photo you can see a parachute with a mannequin hanging from the top. The town has done this to honor the soldiers who came to liberate them. 
The choir has a concert scheduled here. 

 Scott and I have been to Normandy once before. Twelve years a go I started my antique business and we went to France and England on a shopping trip. Here are just a few pics of our trip. 
The town square in Rouen where Joan of Arc was martyred.

 Rouen Cathedral, the stones are riddled with bullet holes from the war.

 Monsieur Tetelin and me in his antique store in Rouen.

This gorgeous boucher table is probably my favorite piece that I bought.

We are so excited for our upcoming trip and I will be sharing our adventures! 
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  1. You will have a splendid time. We visited the area on an organized trip back in 1999. It was so enlightening, full of history, and full of emotion. Several places the town folk came out to meet us and held receptions. They are still very appreciative of Americans. We must all remember the sacrifices made during that time. Safe travels!

  2. what a wonderful trip you will have! we went to normandy in april, and of course we went to the dday beaches. the museum at the american cemetary was so sad and so inspiring. we didn't go to rouen, though now i wish we would have! have you gone to honfleur and etretat? if not, you should absolutely go if you can. have a wonderful time.

  3. What a wonderful opportunity for you and your husband to visit Normandy again. My husband and I took his mom and dad there. His dad was part of the D-Day invasion. I will never forget the beaches. I enjoyed your photos and look forward to your D-Day photos. I’m your newest follower.

  4. My dad was also part of the D-Day invasion and he has told us so many stories about the war and that day. My husband and I visited Normandy a few years ago and it was surreal to think that my dad was right there. Enjoy your trip!