I have spent many years yearning to visit the Normandy beaches, which marked the start of the Allies' offensive against Hitler's occupying forces in World War II. In particular, I wanted to visit Omaha Beach, which was the site of the 1st Infantry Division's (Big Red One) assault. I had served in the Big Red One from 1954-57 and could remember a stirring orientation speech given by the top sergeant to all of us recruits when we arrived in Germany re: the history of the 1st Infantry Division, particularly the Omaha Beach assault. If you remember George C. Scott's speech to the troops in the movie "Patton," well, this is what the top sergeant's delivery was like. Anyway, my wife and I took the one-half day Overlord Tour of the Normandy beaches, which included in order: Longues-sur-Mer; Omaha Beach; the Colleville American cemetery; and Pont-du-Hoc. It was a moving experience to say the least. To stand on the sand where so many brave soldiers fought and died to overcome tyranny was awe-inspiring and brought tears to my eyes. The cemetery was another memorable experience, and to make it even more so, our visit was a mere two days after the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in Benghazi; thus the American flag was at half-staff. This reminded us that WW II, which was supposed to be the war that ended all wars, did not. At Pont-du-Hoc we witnessed the steep cliffs which the 2nd Rangers climbed to knock out some gun batteries. It was, all in all, a fast-paced, touching, and memorable day.
Our tour guide, Monica, was a font of knowledge. Austrian by birth, she had moved to Normandy several years ago because she fell in love with the region. It was obvious that she "had done her homework" and had a thorough understanding of what took place here on D-Day 1944. She was a cheerful, personable young woman who shared her knowledge of the events which took place here and patiently answered questions, including several quite ridiculous ones ("Are soldiers who fought in the Pacific buried here?").
As for Overlord Tours, I'd say "Thumbs up, Siskel!" They communicated well via email prior to our visit, were on time, and handled the logistics of their tour competently and professionally.
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