We decided to sleep in to a more reasonable hour and then head out to enjoy a day in Normandy. Danny Boy requested a picnic in Normandy. He also wanted to run and play on the beach. This trip was most important to my Joe because of his family who served here during the war. His uncle who died in Europe serving in the CIA and his father who served in the airforce. Both of them were in Normandy at different times during the war.
While we made our way to Omaha Beach we noticed the truck stops sure are a lot different than the US. We laughed saying, “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”
Danny enjoyed talking to his daddy about all he was seeing. I was hoping we would see some fruit stands or farms we could visit. While I didn’t find those, we did enjoy the pastures, dairy farms, and towns we went through.
It was a drizzly day when we arrived. I had planned on a picnic, but we would have to make it a car picnic instead. We walked the beach, talked and remembered the great sacrifice that had been paid on this beach so we might be free.
Danny boy asked questions as he heard the stories told. At one point he said, “Did they die to forgive my sins?” Joe and I explained that only Jesus’ death brought us forgiveness for our sins. These men had died so we could be free to live and openly share our faith. It was a good time of conversation.
As we walked the beach, Danny’s Daddy fought back tears. It was a very special moment for him. He said, “It means a great deal to me to have my fathers grand children in the same town as he once fought.”
It was a wonderful day in Normandy. If you or someone you loved has served in our military. The Wood family wants to say, thank you! Today, we remember you and your loved ones while giving thanks to the Lord for each of you!
Until our next chat,
Danny Boy’s Mom