Comments on: Pointe du Hoc http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:15:03 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jayne http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288959 Jayne Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:29:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288959 Years ago (well, decades) as an LDS missionary in northern France, I lived in Calais and Dunquerque. Calais was mostly cleaned up and touristy, but even after many years, the Dunquerque beaches were dotted with cement gun turrets. I remember evenings cooking hot dogs and marshmallows over a fire built in one of the holes for those big guns. It was always sobering, yet they had become just part of the beach scene for the French of that province. Our church met in an old barracks for German officers. A lot of historical reality for young Americans whose parents were even young during WWII.

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By: Lara http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288906 Lara Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:41:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288906 Pointe du Hoc was one of the places I most wanted to see when we went to the Normandy Beaches. My husband’s brother is a Ranger and so we have a special place in our hearts for the Rangers and read several first hand accounts of the courage all of them exhibited during the D-Day campaign. I cannot imagine what a difficult task lay ahead of them, but standing on those beaches made me incredibly proud.

I still consider these beaches as the highlight of our trip to Europe. Thank you for reminder. I cannot wait to take my kids and walk with them through those hallowed grounds.

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By: Dee http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288898 Dee Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:57:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288898 It’s hauntingly beautiful, Gabrielle.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288885 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:58:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288885 So true — a surprisingly peaceful place.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288884 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:58:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288884 Such a sweet story, Hilary.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288883 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:57:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288883 Wow! What a honor to know him.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288882 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:56:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288882 We haven’t been to Luxembourg, but would love to! Europe has so many tempting destinations. : )

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288881 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:55:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288881 I think that’s my favorite image too!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288880 Design Mom Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:54:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288880 So worth a trip!

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By: Natalie http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288876 Natalie Mon, 08 Aug 2011 22:01:18 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288876 We went there last August and it was very serene. Very intense to think about what happened there, but the view is so breaktaking that you can’t help but feel peace.

I think the men who died there would be happy to see children playing there — as they fought so hard to keep it free land.

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By: Vagabond Mother http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288869 Vagabond Mother Mon, 08 Aug 2011 20:53:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288869 Talking of how the children run around the ruins remind me of how my boys love to run and play when we visit my grandparents’ graves. What great imagery of life and change and sacrifice. Thank you for sharing your travels.

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By: Jennifer Day http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288864 Jennifer Day Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:14:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288864 My husband and I visited Pointe du Hoc and several other sites about 10 years ago. My parents came with us. It was all very sobering. It was before we had kids and I remember thinking that all of the kid’s running around and being loud was disrespectful to the men that lost their lives there. Now that I have children of my own, I realize that the kid’s running around were actually a triumph of life and all that the men fought and died for. It is a very powerful place.

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By: Hilary http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288863 Hilary Mon, 08 Aug 2011 18:11:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288863 I visited Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach as a 21-year-old college kid studying abroad in France. I was with a group of my American classmates on a weekend jaunt to Normandy. I will never forget turning to look at one of my friends, a huge linebacker on our college football team, and realizing that his face was covered in tears. We were sobered and so, so proud to be Americans. It’s good to honor such a place and the people who served there. Thanks for the reminder!

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By: Danielle http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288862 Danielle Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:54:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288862 Thank you for sharing this – as other people have mentioned, it’s truly extraordinary.

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By: Jennifer Brailsford http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288861 Jennifer Brailsford Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:52:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288861 Such an extraordinary place, in many aspects that is. I envy you having the opportunity to visit all these memorable landmarks. Such a place definitely allows us to ponder about the blessings of those who sacrificed.

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By: Rachael http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288859 Rachael Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:34:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288859 My dad served his mission in France, so when I was in high school we went back as a family and spent a month or so there. I remember the trenches in Flanders and the memorial at Verdun being a very sobering experience for us all.

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By: Carina http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288857 Carina Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:09:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288857 In Australia, we grow up reciting the ‘Ode of Rememberence’:

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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Rest their precious souls. :(

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By: Jessica http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288856 Jessica Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:04:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288856 My husband’s Great Uncle was one of the Rangers who scaled the cliffs at Point-du-Hoc. He just passed away last year and is buried at Arlington now. He was a lovely man–very quiet and kind. We would love to visit there someday and get a better understanding of what he did.

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By: Barchbo http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288852 Barchbo Mon, 08 Aug 2011 16:15:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288852 These are some humbling photos, especially poignant after the loss of lives in Afghanistan this weekend. Feeling very fortunate and humble this morning.

Have you had a chance to visit the American cemetery in Luxembourg? Patton is buried there and the people of Luxembourg are still so thankful and appreciative.

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By: Bri (like the cheese) http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/pointe-du-hoc/comment-page-1/#comment-288851 Bri (like the cheese) Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:51:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12788#comment-288851 The juxtaposition of the bent rebar and Betty’s pink stripes is my favorite in the bunch. And I love your chic baby June in her french grey stripes and euro-scarf ;o)

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