Monday, June 13, 2011

Honoring America's Heroes: Normandy, France, D-Day Week 2011

June 3rd, Helen Patton and I giving our WWI and WWII presentation in Sainteny, France. Helen held and waved her Grandfather's riding crop as she told his stories from both wars. Photo by Keaton Port-Gaarn

June 3rd, Helen Patton singing "Comrades" to D-Day Veteran, Jack Port, at the Major Richard O'Malley Memorial, Sainteny, France. Jack was with Major O'Malley when he was killed by a sniper and thus Helen's tribute.

June 6th, D-Day, View looking West from Pointe du Hoc.

Pointe du Hoc D-Day Ceremony at the Ranger Memorial.

The eight D-Day Veterans at the Pointe du Hoc Ceremony.

The afternoon D-Day Ceremony at Utah Beach.

June 10 - Jack Port and I at Utah Beach in front of Stephen Spear's monument to the U. S. Navy's vital roll in the success of D-Day.

June 10 - American Normandy Cemetery - Jack Port's great friend, YPO Vauclair from Caen, France helps Jack fold the flag at the end of the day.

June 10 - American Normandy Cemetery - After folding the flag the two friends stood side-by-side. YPO was ten years old when the Americans liberated his town of Saint Lo.
YPO's gratitude, love, and affection for America and to his friend Jack are beyond measure.


Fred said...

Way to go Jeff! We hope the presentation went without a flaw! Congratulations and we can't wait to hear all of the amazing stories!
Fred & Kele

Charlie said...

I think you have honored our heroes like no other American. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Charlie & Kim Slosson

Christopher Kelly said...

Great stuff Jeff. I enjoy your blog. Chris Kelly.

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