|Subject: Visiting War Sites and Memorials|
One of the most moving moment of my travels came while touring Normandy WWII
battlefields &cemeteries. There are murals on the walls at the US cemetery
& I tearfully traced the battle routes where my deceased husband had been
injured twice. I gained equilibrium &found some peace while walking
through the row on row of white crosses in the very-well groomed cemetery.
I stopped at the chapel to say a little prayer. I stopped at Pont du Hac
where so many Army rangers lost their lives climbing up the steep cliff
while shells rained down on them. The bomb craters &burned out gun
pillboxes &rusted barb wire are stil there. A visit to the German cemetery
in the same area was really eery. About 19,000 German soldiers buried there
in a very small area. What a waste of young men. All these sad yet
exhilarating experiences gave me a deeper feeling of how much our country's
armed services have sacrificed for our &others' freedom.
Carol Bailey Madras, OR