D-Day 2013 – A Celebration of Freedom – June 5 & 6 Part 2 of 2

June 5, Walking on Utah Beach, Jack and John Roman, also with the 4th Division reminisce about the landing and the war.

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.

June 5, Evening ceremony at Utah Beach commemorating the 69th Anniversary of D-Day.

Spectators under the flags of the Allied countries.

Spectators under the flags of the Allied nations.

Paratrooper drop from a C-47.

Paratrooper drop from a C-47.

Jack gave a dynamic speech that was full of hope for the future of mankind.  He said, "The greatest generation is yet to come."

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 is the ABMC Monument that  symbolizes the Army Ranger dagger.  "Rangers - lead the way!"

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

Pointe du Hoc

YPO and Jack at the Pointe du Hoc ceremony.

YPO and Jack at the Pointe du Hoc ceremony.

D-Day Ceremony - American Normandy Cemetery

D-Day Ceremony – American Normandy Cemetery

Glad they were there!

Glad they were there!

Jack and Shane Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Normandy American Cemetery.

Jack and Shane Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Normandy American Cemetery.

I estimated there were about thirty 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.

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.

The ceremony begins.

Omaha Beach from the cemetery.

Omaha Beach from the cemetery.

American Normandy Cemetery - With Deepest Gratitude

American Normandy Cemetery – With Deepest Gratitude

 

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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