Caen & Colleville-sur-Mer


When we traveled to France, we stayed in the city of Caen which was mostly destroyed during the Invasion of Normandy in the summer 1944. I fell in love with the spirit of  the city in remembering those lost in not only in the region of Normandy, but all those lost in World War II. Allied flags lined the streets and filled the windows of homes, shops and restaurants.


The city of Caen in the summer of 1944.


Passing by Army vehicles with the French and American flags made it a bit real in remembering why we were here.


Near Caen, we visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.






Museums and Memorials are located all throughout Normandy. The Caen-Normandy Memorial gets 5 stars from our family. It covered Cold War, the Second World War, and the D-day landings, and the Battle of Normandy.


The Allied forces in Normandy included the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and the free Belgium, Dutch, French, Norwegian, and Polish forces. The number in the museum shows from the beginning to the end of the war that there were 50 million people lost with approximately 35 million being innocent civilians caught up in all the bombing raids that were carried out.


In 1994, to mark 50 years since the liberation of Europe, the American Garden was officially opened at the museum in Caen. This was carved above the fountain, “From the heart of our country flows the blood of our youth.  Given to you in the name of freedom.”  The water symbolizes life.  


 The plaques underneath the fountain represent the different infantry divisions of all 50 American states.


 Great backdrop mom. Kids look thrilled about another museum.


One of my all time favorite World War II heroes since 6th grade, Anne Frank. When our oldest came down with an awful stomach bug that lasted for over 10 days, mom found the perfect opportunity to read with her son. We read Anne Frank’s diary and watched the most recent film made. We look forward to learning more about her and her life in the Secret Annex at the museum located here in Amsterdam. This photo was taken from inside an actual German bunker. I love how big and blown up her picture is. “Will this year 1944 bring us victory? We don’t know yet. But where there’s hope, there’s life. If fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” Anne Frank Tuesday, June 6, 1944




  1. Royce Gerngross says:

    Visiting this city and all the surrounding villages it is obvious that these people still have not forgotten. Don’t let modern politics fool you they also have not forgotten the sacrifice of lives freely given by the Allied Forces in the name of their freedom. To be honest I got the feeling they give the biggest share of the credit to the Americans. Might make since in Caen because that particular town was an American mission. Anyway, when you walk through the city and compare pictures to the repaired, and completely new sections you start to understand why some people have a negative view of anyone entering a fight even if they have a just cause. The memories of German occupation and the cost to remove it is deeply seated even today in the memory of the French people that have rebuilt these coastal towns. God bless America and may we always cherish and protect the freedom and liberty of all men and women. It is the way God intended his creation to be.

  2. Cecilia Wagner says:

    Again, wow! Beautifully captured Jessica and beautifully said Royce!

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