sexta-feira, 6 de junho de 2014

The g.i. who gave their lives for Europe

Ceremonies to honor the more than 150 thousand American, British, Canadian and other allied veterans of d-day give opportunity to many memories and the parallel stories.

The Frenchman, Bernard Dargols came to the States in 40 years as a student ended up in the ranks of the u.s. Army.

"I had left France as a young teenager, I got up to 24, after 6 years, with an American uniform and the rank of Sergeant to see my family, my friends, was an emotional moment that is hard to describe."

For visitors, the Normandy American cemetery and Memorial, with its 9,387 headstones is the centerpiece in the pilgrimages in honor of the tens of thousands killed on d-day and dur ing the months of fighting that followed.

"At the time we arrived just 100 metres from the beach, I had never seen a beach so beautiful, these last hundred meters were under a bombardment that resonated in the stomach. It wasn't a German bombardment, were bombs of the allies, only to allow us to walk more safely but the bombs killed civilians, the French destroyed houses.

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