Yesterday was Veterans Day which made my thoughts return to an emotional visit to Normandy where thousands of U.S. military are interred.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are rows and rows of markers, each one perfectly aligned.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere and there is acknowledgement of a life given.

P. C. Lewis Photo

On some markers there is no name, and I felt incredible sadness for loved ones  left wondering the whereabouts of one who never came home.  

Visiting Normandy was a much more impactful experience than I had anticipated, but when at exactly 3:30 PM Taps sounded over the field, it brought me to my knees.  Tears fell hot on my cheeks as I thought about all that had been lost in war whether this one or another.  I uttered a little prayer that some day we could all learn to live in peace so that lives would not continue to be lost in war.  That prayer hasn’t been answered, but I still hope, and I have immense gratitude to the individuals who continue to serve in the military.

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7 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. Wow were those pictures powerful. I can only imagine how intense in person that would be. Thank you for sharing.

  2. A good thing to hope for. I can only imagine how sobering it is to visit these grounds.

  3. We were there for taps as well and I don’t think there was a person that didn’t have tears streaming down their face.

  4. Wow. I know how devastating war is, but seeing these photos makes for a far more powerful effect.

  5. Very moving images and sentiments. I want to visit Normandy.

  6. Very moving images indeed. Your prayer is my prayer. 🙏🏻😘

  7. Powerful; thank you Linda!

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