Your BagOfNothing for Friday, June 7, 2024

  • For the longest time, I wondered if the beaches of Normandy were open to the public, if people used them for leisure and enjoyment, or if they were considered a place of reverence. I have my answer, and I see nothing wrong with this. I like to think the ones who fought and died on it like it the way it is now: children playing on it, no barbed wire, no machine gun nests or firing positions, no dead or wounded soldiers—just beachgoers, curious tourists, and old friends coming to visit.
    The cemeteries and other memorials are for reverence. Although, I don’t think it would be prudent to wear a Surf Normandy shirt.
  • I wish I could wake up every morning like I did yesterday. I woke up slightly over an hour before my alarm but felt well-rested. Realizing the time, I laid my head back down and fell asleep for about another 20 minutes. Then, I woke up with so much energy that I got an early start to my day. Not being a morning person whatsoever, this felt great. I looked back at everything I did and ate the night before and wondered if that had anything to do with it. In that case, I’ll eat a quarter of a hamburger leftover from trivia night and a Drumstick an hour before bedtime.
  • I suppose there’s something sweet about France honoring the 80th anniversary of D-Day and then hosting the Olympics the following month. If I were to visit France, I’d much rather go to Normandy than Paris. But if I did go to Paris, the one thing I’d do would to pay my respects to Lafayette by visiting his grave.
  • I really enjoyed watching this documentary and how they used virtual reality, old maps, drone footage, photos, and satellite images to gain a good understanding of what it was like for a U.S. soldier on D-Day. It’s sponsored by a genealogy website I’ve never heard of, but in honor of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, allowing the public to view a lot of information for free –
  • Here’s a Canadian D-Day story of the first house liberated that day. One part of the story that stood out was how much the beach has reclaimed this huge sea wall that stood in their way.
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