d-day happened june 6, 1944 & is the largest invasion by sea in history. d-day marks the day the american, british & canadian allies invaded normandy to liberate france & the rest of europe from the nazi occupation in WWII. the allies landed on 5 beaches along the coast in the region of normandy. d-day is also the beginning of the battle of normandy, which ended august 1944.
so there's you're little history lesson. it's crazy going to such a historical area, actually being where the battle happened, where history was made. it kind of puts everything into perspective for me, being able to see where the troops were landing & being able to better invasion what it may have been like for them. not to mention that a lot of the troops were basically just kids, 18 year olds in charge of freeing an entire country. it's crazy to me & truly heroic. the day we went around to the beaches & cemetery were insanely windy. cedar got blown over a couple of times, which was sort of funny, luckily he thought it was funny too & he didn't really mind the wind which was just nice, haha. it was slightly misty but with the crazy wind by the time we left the cemetery we were all drenched. needless to say, we didn't wander around a whole lot while we were there. but we tried to make it worth our stop, despite the weather! the cemetery overlooks omaha beach & the english channel & was really, really pretty.
we didn't go to all of the beaches, but we made it to omaha beach & utah beach. they were really, really pretty. totally different than the beaches i am use to, they have a total east coast or pnw feel to them, which i really like. flat, long with a lot of grassy goodness to them. while at the utah beach we went to a museum that was partially built from a bunker that was actually in use on d-day.