Our kids expressed an interest to see the D-Day landings from WWII so we rented a car and drove through Normandy to a number of museums, memorials and Omaha Beach.  It was amazing to see the beach look the same as it did during the attack by the allies.  Having seen the beach in textbooks and in so many movies it was a bit of a surreal experience to walk on the very same beach that allied troops attacked.

Omaha, commonly known as Omaha Beach, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. “Omaha” refers to an 8 kilometers (5 mi) section of the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary. Landings here were necessary to link the British landings to the east at Gold with the American landing to the west at Utah, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided predominantly by the United States Navy and Coast Guard, with contributions from the BritishCanadian, and Free French navies.