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Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer

President Obama spoke in an address to veterans during the 70th D-Day commemorations in Normandy. Nearly 10,000 tombstones overlook the D-Day landing beach which is now known as “Bloody Omaha”.

“We come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril,” Obama said. “And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world.”

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Watch the preparations for the D-Day Academy Veterans Lunch in Normandy

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With thanks to the D-Day Academy, and the Utah Beach Band.

Le Mémorial Pegasus: Hitler’s Christmas Card to Sir Donald Bailey

All the artifacts and memorabillia comes from veterans, relatives and military institutions.
All the artifacts and memorabilia comes from veterans, relatives and military institutions.

At Le Mémorial Pegasus, all the artifacts and memorabilia is donated by veterans, relatives and military institutions. The photographs are generously provided by the Imperial War Museum in London.

Although there is plenty to examine, on entering the museum you don’t feel overwhelmed by its contents. It’s well displayed and easy to understand. And just before I leave, I’m shown Hitler’s signed Christmas card to Sir Donald Bailey.

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The card wishes Sir Donald Bailey a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” and was discovered by Jacques Hale, editor of Christchurch’s University of the Third Age magazine. It’s now on display in the grounds of the Pegasus Bridge Museum and fits in nicely with the museum’s section on the Bailey Bridge.

The museum’s British director, Mark Worthington, does not know its origins and suspects it was an attempt to wind up the British.

The card was supposedly dropped off by the Luftwaffe in 1941 on the Experimental Bridging Establishment!

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to get my forensic science kit out to determine its authenticity.

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Day Five of #DDay70 in 60 seconds (Part one)

Once again, there is far too much to do in Normandy and my 60 seconds video had to be divided into two parts. Watch the video below to have a look at what was going on around Sainte-Mère-Église on our fifth day in Normandy!

 

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