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71st Anniversary of D-Day, Normandy France

This Saturday June 6th marked the 71st Anniversary of D-Day.  On this special occasion I wanted to pay tribute and share Bill and our oldest daughter, Hannah’s personal visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial located in Normandy France.  To be at the site of where the turning point of history happened marked as D-Day was an amazing and a memorable experience for the two of them.  The day was filled with visits to the  visiting center, the museum, the chapel, Omaha beach and the cemetery.  Hannah told Bill later that it was one of the highlights of her trip to Europe.

The memorial was established after the war, France granted the United States 172  acres of land to bury their own.  It is situated on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach at one of the locations where the U.S. troops landed on the Normandy coastline.  Bill brought home a brochure and a booklet from their visit to the museum that is available for downloading here-brochure and here-booklet.  It’s a great little resource of D-Day history, point of interest, and maps of the area.

Beaches of Normandy, D Day

Pointe du Hoc

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71st D-Day anniversary

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Memorial Day and a Tour of the USS Essex LHD 2

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, boy scouts

On Memorial Day last year, the Boy Scouts along with veterans and military personnel visited a nearby cemetery to pay tribute.  Caleb participated in a ceremony and carried one of the flags {pic above}.

We share our deepest appreciation and gratitude to those who sacrificed and laid down their lives so that we could live in freedom.  Across our nation on this day we come together to remember, to observe, to honor, and to pay tribute for their service to the country.

•  Flags are placed at graves like the ones at Arlington National Cemetery.
•  There are parades and gatherings and special ceremonies at cities and towns.
•  At public places and government buildings flags are flown at half-staff until noon.
•  At 3 p.m. {local time} is the National Moment of Remembrance, a time to pause for one minute to remember the fallen.

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Valentine’s Day … the Greatest of these is Love

valentine's Day, Peony, Greatest… Love

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Love is… unconditional, enduring, believing, caring, and something we can’t be without.

This is one of my favorite verses from the Bible… “faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  When apostle Paul wrote about love in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, is as relevant today as it was then.  What is love?  It never fails, it endures through eternity, and without love, there is emptiness.  God is love.

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