Photographer's Note

I took this picture some years ago with my trusty Nikon F90. To me it is a poignant juxtapositon and serves to remind me that many (europeans and americans) died to give us the freedoms we have today.

I chose the categories of Daily Life because without the sacrifice of soldiers from all free nations, our daily life would be much different. Decisive moment I chose for serveral reasons but the young lad looks to be lost in deep thought.

I also decided to post this picture over thousands of others in my collection because it is a sharp contrast to the colorfullnes and "joie de vivre" of my first post depicting Le Landeron, Switzerland

Historical reference (from Wikipedia)
This picture was taken at the American Cemetery in Normandy; the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. France has granted the United States a special, perpetual concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, officially making it United States soil.

The cemetery is located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach (one of the landing beaches of the Normandy Invasion) and the English Channel. It covers 70 hectares, and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. The graves face westward, towards the United States.


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