Utah Beach on D-Day

Those of you who weren’t able to visit Normandy for the 70th D-Day Anniversary, did you make it to the 69th in 2013?

Kate and I went to Utah Beach that evening and what an incredible night it was! The Utah Beach Band put on a lively 1940s-styled performance while hundreds of veterans, family members and soldiers danced under the magnificent sunset.

In 1944, Utah Beach welcomed 23,000 men who landed on the morning of D-Day. But in 2013, it instead played host to hundreds of families and enthusiasts!

The shop stayed open well into the night and tourists filled their pockets with souvenirs and literature about the Second World War. There was even a bar which tourists and soldiers sneaked into for a pint!

The firework display began at 11pm and was absolutely stunning. Check out the photos I took in the slideshow below!

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You can also watch my video below to see for yourself what went on at Utah Beach.

Follow me on Twitter @AnnieCDarling and use the hashtag #anniesddayblog to share your thoughts, images and videos with me!

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