Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day Anniversary and WWII Memorial in DC

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Today is a day we will remember and honor my grandfather as he was one of the many men on the beach in Normandy on this day.

I'm actually in Michigan today with my mom.  We had planned a trip back in January to visit this weekend since it would be the D-Day anniversary and the Red Sox are in town.  My grandfather was so happy when we booked our trip and talked about it often.  Unfortunately he didn't make it to see this day but I know he is happy we came anyways and are spending it with Lee.  I'll be sure to tell you more about our weekend here when I get back.

Back in April I went to DC to visit Rachel and I had the opportunity to see the WWII Memorial for the first time.  I was really anxious to see it since I had heard so much about it over the years.  To think it took until 2004 to have a memorial to honor the veterans of WWII. . .

I was fortunate to visit the memorial very early in the morning when only a few people were out and about.  It was really nice to be there while it was still so quiet.  Did you know that over 16 million served during WWII?  That number just blows my mind.  More than 400,000 died.  This memorial honors all who served, all who died, and all who supported from afar.

My grandfather was a POW for 11 months during this war.  He was set free when the war ended and was smart enough to start walking despite being told to wait for the Americans to come and get them.  The ones who stayed and waited were killed.  He was lucky.  Very lucky.  Amazing to think of what he and so many others had to endure.  I'm glad there is a beautiful place that honors them.

This memorial is large and has many different components to it.  From the fountain to the columns representing each state to all of the quotes and little details. . . it may have taken them a long time to build a WWII memorial but it was worth the wait.  It is beautiful.

This is The Freedom Wall and it has 4,048 gold stars which silently pays solemn tribute to the sacrifice of more than 405,000 American lives.

So today, on this anniversary of D-Day, take a moment and thank a WWII veteran.  If you don't know one then take a moment to silently thank all the sacrifices they made.  We will be visiting my grandfather at the National Cemetery and thanking him for all he did. 

Linking up with Amanda for Friday Favorites b/c my grandfather was one of my favorite people and this day will always remind me of him and the amazing sacrifices he made for our country!


  1. The last time I was in DC and I went there I just started is just so much to take in when you see it all right?

  2. Beautiful post. I want to see the WWII monument in DC. Thanks for sharing the photos. Enjoy your weekend, I know your grandfather will be with you in spirit.

  3. I didn't know that many people serve, that is an astounding number. Your Grandfather was a hero and he would be honored by this post, just beautiful.

  4. These pictures are so great! I visited DC over Veteran's Day one year and because of all the people I didn't get a good look at the memorials. It was pretty cool to be a part of the celebrations though. Your grandpa's POW story is so sad.