Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

American Military Cemetery in Normandy, France

Image and text by Gabrielle.

This is the 3rd Memorial Day we’ve spent in France. Last year, it aligned with a French holiday, so we had Monday off. But this year, the kids are in school, the stores are open, and it’s business as usual today. How about you, are you enjoying a 3-day weekend? Were you able to do anything meaningful to commemorate the holiday?

I’m reposting this image from last year because it’s one of my favorites. I snapped it during Memorial Day weekend at the American Military Cemetery here in Normandy. For the holiday, the caretakers placed an American and French flag at every single one of the 10,000+ graves.

The cemetery is always a humbling place to visit, but seeing those carefully placed flags waving in the ocean breeze just about did me in.

Happy Memorial Day to you and yours. Wishing you happy gatherings with friends and family! And a perfectly grilled burger. : )

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1 Candi Avlakeotes May 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This is such a beautiful tribute to all the men, boys really, who paid the ultimate price for freedom on D-day.


2 Amy Hackworth May 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I love this photo, Gabby. I thought about it all day yesterday. It’s probably not all that often that you see the French and American flags flying together. What a nice symbol for you, and of course, a beautiful sentiment of remembrance.


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