Honoring America’s Heroes: Normandy, France, D-Day Week 2011

June 3rd, Helen Patton and I giving our WWI and WWII presentation in Sainteny, France. Helen held and waved her Grandfather’s riding crop as she told his stories from both wars. Photo by Keaton Port-Gaarn
June 3rd, Helen Patton singing “Comrades” to D-Day Veteran, Jack Port, at the Major Richard O’Malley Memorial, Sainteny, France. Jack was with Major O’Malley when he was killed by a sniper and thus Helen’s tribute.
June 6th, D-Day, View looking West from Pointe du Hoc.
Pointe du Hoc D-Day Ceremony at the Ranger Memorial.
The eight D-Day Veterans at the Pointe du Hoc Ceremony.
The afternoon D-Day Ceremony at Utah Beach.
June 10 – Jack Port and I at Utah Beach in front of Stephen Spear’s monument to the U. S. Navy’s vital roll in the success of D-Day.
June 10 – American Normandy Cemetery – Jack Port’s great friend, YPO Vauclair from Caen, France helps Jack fold the flag at the end of the day.
June 10 – American Normandy Cemetery – After folding the flag the two friends stood side-by-side. YPO was ten years old when the Americans liberated his town of Saint Lo.
YPO’s gratitude, love, and affection for America and to his friend Jack are beyond measure.
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About Jeff Lowdermilk

I have traveled to Europe several times over the last few years to follow my grandfather's path as detailed in his World War I diary. My grandfather was an American Infantryman who survived the war. This has been an adventurous journey of self-exploration. The friends I have made along the way and experiences gained have greatly enriched my life

3 thoughts on “Honoring America’s Heroes: Normandy, France, D-Day Week 2011

  1. Fred

    Way to go Jeff! We hope the presentation went without a flaw! Congratulations and we can’t wait to hear all of the amazing stories!
    Fred & Kele

  2. Charlie

    Jeff
    I think you have honored our heroes like no other American. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Charlie & Kim Slosson

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