June 6, 2016

The Eyes of the World Are Upon You

Morning, loves! I hope y'all are doing well this Monday morning. Le Husband and I enjoyed our first weekend as Tennessee residents, exploring the area, joining a gym, getting put on the BODYPUMP schedule [!!!] and doing a lil lake living with family. I'll share more tomorrow, because today marks something much more important than my weekend recap. 

Today we remember D-Day and Operation Overlord. We remember the 156,000 American, British and Canadian armed forces who landed on the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of WW2. We remember and we say thank you.
This beautiful expansive beach turned into something we could never imagine. 
A calm and serene view changed to this hell on earth:
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My family was raised to be grateful for our Lord, life, family and our military so we always observed D-Day with reverence. I'm not saying our way was better than anyone else's, just that June 6th meant more than a date on the calendar.  However, nothing could be as poignant as walking the beaches those brave men stormed and standing where many of them took their last breath. Today I remember the wind whipping and the waves crashing while I walked the shoreline. My eyes glistened then and they do today as I remember those brave souls.  
Point du Hoc
Rangers Memorial
The Greatest Generation answered the call and we Americans our free today because of their bravery and sacrifice. Please take a moment today to remember them and thank them. #somegaveall #wewillneverforget 

"Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. . . 

. . .  I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking."

Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower {source and audio}

{Not sure what the deal is with formatting today, my bad}

17 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

I can only imagine how amazing it was to see the beach first hand! Congrats on getting put on the body pump schedule! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I'm sure it was very moving to stand on those beaches.

Thanks for sharing.

mariafelicia magno said...

thanks for sharing all these amazing pics
kisses

kerri @ cheshire kat said...

amazing that you were there to experience the location and all it's history and significance. what a lovely tribute!

xoxo cheshire kat

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

YAY for getting settled into TN! And so cool you got to experience that beach and all it's history firsthand! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

Jen said...

Wow! Just wow, I can only imagine how it must have felt to stand in that place.

Brianne said...

This is such a beautiful post. It moved me to tears.

Sara Elizabeth said...

I'm feeling even more appreciation for this after finding out that my husband's grandfather enlisted at 32, spoke no English, and fought in Normandy. My grandfather was also a member of the 101st Airborne and led the invasion. I can't imagine their bravery but I'm grateful for it. Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures.

LMW said...

So glad you got to see the beaches and pay homage to those who served.

Marie said...

It must have been so amazing to see those beaches. What a lovely post, I wish more people realized how important D Day is. We owe so much to the Greatest Generation.

Emily said...

Yay for getting settled into your new home and joining a gym. That beach looks so beautiful and serene to reflect on the past and remember the brave xo

Missy said...

I wish I would have gone to Normandy when I was in Europe, I will have to visit when I go back. Yay for getting on the body pump schedule! Sounds like you are adjusting to the new town well!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I can't even imagine what it was like on that beautiful beach that fateful day, and how awesome of an experience that you guys were able to walk the sand there. Yay for getting settled into your new city, and getting put on the Body Pump schedule! So exciting, cheers to a great week gurlie <3
Green Fashionista

Sarah Shaneyfelt said...

Such a moving post today. You are so right-- we should never forget.
MeetTheShaneyfelts

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

i love that you got to visit, especially since it means so much to you.

and on another (much much much lighter note, not meant to detract from you very moving and lovely post at all) KC only remembers the day we met because it was the day before d-day. haha.

Cara (Kindly Unspoken) said...

Such a beautiful post!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

I can't imagine how it must have felt to stand in the very place they stood especially since this day means so much to you and your family!