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65th D-Day Anniversary - June 6, 2009, 05:11 PM

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the D-Day. Some of you have probably seen some of the Normandy coverage on TV. 5 years ago I had probably one of my proud moments of my military career. At the time I was part of 29th Light Inf Div National Guard out of Fredericksburg, VA. The 29th Div commander requested that every unit in the 29th send one member to Normandy France for the anniversary. I was some how selected to represent my unit over all others. We were told to soak in as much as we could. We were told that we would meeting up with the veterans of the 29th ID and spend time with them. We were asked to hear their stories and bring back as much history of our Division as possible. What I saw and some of the stories I heard were just plan amazing. I thought I would take some time to post of some of the pictures I took when I was over there and share some of my thoughts about what I think of when I think of:

http://picasaweb.google.com/mcknudse...vOfDDayFrance#

See these beach took my breath away. I looked over and saw Point De Hoc and was again amazed. Thinking from a military stand point I looked at in from a couple of different views. I looked at the coast line and saw a prefect defensive position. Of which many of the bunkers are still intact for the most part. I was confused on how the nazi's failed. If it werent for the shear numbers of men that stormed that beach nothing should have broken through. That got me thinking about the men that stormed that beach. And how they had to know that this could be the last thing they ever did. But they must have thought that it was through this beach that there path to home must start. Looking to my left and to my right I see some of my fellow soldiers from my BN and Div that were there with me. And I think that they must have also said that they had to do whatever it took to look out for the buddies in arms. That they grew a bond like no other training with these men. And some how I felt the same kind of bond with the me and women that I served with. And what about the leadership, from the President of the US to that lowly 2nd Lt. These men had a lot to deal with. Knowing more in some cases of the fate that layed before these men that we called to duty and told to storm the beachs of Utah and Omaha.


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June 6, 2009, 05:48 PM

Thanks for sharing Matt. It's a shame that soon pictures are all we'll have of the WWII generation.


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June 6, 2009, 07:01 PM

Matt,

Awesome.

I was there 3 weeks ago. We laid a wreath at the memorial.

Video: http://www.magicratvideos.com/Temp/I.../Normandy.html


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June 6, 2009, 09:39 PM

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