June 5, Walking on Utah Beach, D-Day Veterans Jack Port (right) and John Roman, both with the 4th Division, reminisce about D-Day and the war.
June 5, Evening ceremony at Utah Beach commemorating the 69th Anniversary of D-Day.
Spectators under the flags of the Allied nations.
Paratrooper drop from a C-47.
Jack gave a dynamic speech that was full of hope for the future of mankind. With great humility he said, “The greatest generation is yet to come.”
D-Day Morning – Pointe du Hoc Memorial Ceremony. The monolith above the cliff face (center left) is the ABMC Monument that symbolizes an Army Ranger dagger. And yes, those are bomb craters. “Rangers – lead the way!”
Pointe du Hoc
YPO and Jack at the Pointe du Hoc ceremony.
D-Day Ceremony – American Normandy Cemetery
Glad they were there!
Jack and Shane Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Normandy American Cemetery.
I estimated there were about thirty American WWII veterans there this year. Without them and their fellow soldiers of the the free world, it could be a very different world today. Note Peggy Harris in the second row.
The ceremony begins.
Omaha Beach from the cemetery.
American Normandy Cemetery – With Deepest Gratitude