On this day, 70 years ago, the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France turning the tide for WWII and forever altering the course of human history.

Last year, I had the privilege of visiting Normandy on June 6 during one of our educational student tours to France. Ever since learning of WWII when I much younger, I’ve dreamed about visiting and wandering the beachside towns. They are still reminiscent of WWII to this day.

Having the opportunity to be there on actual D-Day was pretty amazing! Everyone was out in full force. From youngsters and their parents to numerous veterans and re-enactors, everyone was chatting and enjoying the festivities.

Below are a handful of pictures that I took while visiting such sites as the American Cemetery and Memorial and the landing beaches of Omaha, Utah, Juno, and Pointe du Hoc. I can still remember what that day was like for me, especially since I had a grandfather who served as a fighter pilot on D-Day. To this day the people of Normandy are so grateful for our help during the war.

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If you’re interested in visiting Normandy on an educational tour, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our staff.

As I leave you with this post, I encourage you to take a few moments today and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom during that fateful day. Each and every service member is truly remarkable for what they did and they deserve our heartfelt thankfulness.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Kate.