In October 2013, I had the privilege of paying my respects at many of the D-day sites and memorials in Normandy. It was only by being there that I could begin to appreciate the scale, audacity, and horror of that fateful enterprise. Standing on hallowed ground where so many gave so much was beyond sobering. The experience filled me with the most intense gratitude and profound humility… and moved me to tears on several occasions. I hope that this photo essay does justice to these sentiments, as it recognizes and remembers the uncommon courage and ultimate sacrifice of those who fought there.
Note: Before viewing the photographs, please take two minutes to read a particularly moving excerpt from Ernie’s War.